To optimize patient care, the founding members of Gercor understood that they needed to:
- pool abilities on joint projects and optimize the distribution of the results they achieve,
- create a huge network of investigating physicians, whether they serve in public hospitals or are in private practice,
- promote the inclusion of young, able doctors who are motivated by clinical research.
To meet this need, Gercor arose in 1997 out of the merger of two clinical research groups that had been in operation for 10 years, but which had been independent up till then :
1. Le GERCOD : the Study and Research Group into Ovarian and Digestive Cancer,
2. l’IGOR : Inter-group for Oncology and Radiotherapy.
The doctors who are members of Gercor treat all types of cancerous tumors, whether they are medical oncologists, radiotherapy oncologists, organ specialists or surgeons.
Any other specialist whose work involves research on cancer is also welcomed by Gercor.
A booming world-wide network
More than 230 private or public centers are currently participants in Gercor studies,
More than 450 doctors who are members of Gercor undertake to share their knowledge and activity on a permanent basis to develop clinical research to combat cancer.
Gercor conducts studies nationally and world-wide.
Gercor’s goal is to promote international cooperation with foreign physicians and the application of its treatments :
1. on an European scale: Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Denmark
2. on a global scale: Israel, Australia, Canada and the USA .
Gercor signs publications in French and English in specialist journals and takes an active part in international congresses (both oral presentations and poster sessions).
A light, independent and dynamic structure
Gercor is an independent non-profit organization, governed by the French 1901 law.
Operating costs are kept low :
- a central office in Paris houses the administration and the secretariat,
- a mobile team of clinical research officers whose job is to verify data collection from each study performed in all the centers involved.
- a data management unit.
To enhance and expand its activities, Gercor will recruit additional full-time employees so that it can meet the criteria of professionalism set by the group.