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OCE Partnerships During COVID-19

The FDA Oncology Center of Excellence is working diligently to meet the needs of cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our mission to achieve patient-centered regulatory decision-making through innovation and collaboration, OCE has partnered with experts in healthcare data and analytics to investigate characteristics and clinical outcomes of patients with cancer who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in order to improve our understanding of the disease in this population. 

Through several research collaborations, our staff is seeking to answer critical questions about the use of cancer therapeutics in patients with COVID-19, risk factors for COVID-19-related complications in cancer patients, and other factors impacting clinical care of cancer patients during the pandemic. Our work to harness real-world data sources, such as electronic health records and patient registries, supports the efforts by FDA and the National Cancer Institute to leverage and adapt data from new or ongoing clinical trials.

The OCE continues to engage with stakeholders and collaborate with partners on opportunities to apply data from diverse sources to inform our understanding of COVID-19 in people with cancer. We encourage you to follow @FDAOncology on Twitter and check our website for regular updates.

OCE research collaboration agreements with data and analytics companies focused on COVID-19 related research:  

OCE and Syapse


OCE is partnering with Syapse to leverage the company’s access to integrated real-world data from electronic medical records and additional clinical sources to describe the clinical and demographic characteristics of patients with cancer and COVID-19 and describe long-term clinical outcomes. 

Special populations will include patients with lung cancer. 


  • Data being presented at AACR’s COVID and Cancer meeting July 20-22, 2020



OCE is partnering with COTA to explore hospitalization data for cancer patients with COVID-19, looking at anti-cancer medications, and long-term patient outcomes. 

Special populations will include patients with cancers of the breast and/or lung.

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