NWA Group Presented on Trial Matching Technology at American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference

Highlands Oncology Group Presented on Trial Matching Technology at Annual ASCO Meeting

Dr. J. Thaddeus Beck, of Highlands Oncology Group, Northwest Arkansas’ leading cancer treatment provider, presented on the use of IBM Watson technology in matching patients with eligible clinical trials, at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting on June 6 in Chicago.

Watson for Clinical Trial Matching enhances clinicians’ ability to find the potential list of clinical trials for which patients may be eligible, increases the likelihood that patients are offered the option of a clinical trial for treatment and increases clinical trial fulfillment through effective patient recruitment, according to the IBM website.

Highlands Oncology Group participated in the pilot clinical trial matching program with Novartis Oncology and IBM Watson Health.  

An annual ASCO meeting is held where oncologists from around the country meet to discuss breakthroughs, changes, treatments and awareness pertaining to medical oncology. The meeting provides a forum in which to present research and to provide educational experiences on concentrated topics in clinical oncology.

In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. As such, methodical clinical trials and rigorous continued research is paramount.

As the leading cancer treatment and research facility in Northwest Arkansas, Highlands Oncology Group is dedicated to the advancement of cancer treatment and to providing patients with the best possible care and results.


Highlands Oncology Group is a state-of-the-art facility, with a world-class team of specialists, that is committed to providing premier cancer treatment and to enhancing the quality of life of patients and their loved ones. Highlands Oncology group provides this in a friendly, comfortable environment conveniently located in Northwest Arkansas. Highlands offers the latest technology of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapies, on-site labs, a pharmacy and an infusion center. They also offer access to clinical trials, multidisciplinary clinics and support groups. Highlands Oncology Group is helping patients win the battle against cancer, every day!

For more information, visit: www.HighlandsOncologyGroup.com.

Source: Highlands Oncology Group