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What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials, also called research studies, test new treatments or compare new treatments to standard treatments, to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cancer. It is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer research process.

Why is a clinical trial important?

If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a standard treatment that can help others. Clinical trials answer important scientific questions and often directs future research. Clinical trials offer patients access to cutting edge cancer treatment protocols.

How do I find out more about clinical trials currently offered?

Find a Clinical Trial at Simmons Cancer Institute
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Learn How to Search for a Clinical Trial on the National Cancer Institute Web Site
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Search the National Cancer Institute Web Site for Clinical Trials in Your Geographic Area
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Search the Clinical Trials Registry (ClinicalTrials.gov) supported by the U.S. National Institutes for Health
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Additional Clinical Trial Information

Community Clinical Oncology Program
The National Cancer Institute created the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) in 1983 as a way for community physicians to participate in clinical trials. This program allows for easier access to clinical trials for patients. There are currently 61 major research centers in 34 states that participate in the CCOP. View Web Site

Central Illinois Community Clinical Oncology Program
To view trials available through the Central Illinois Community Clinical Oncology Program (CICCOP) at Memorial Medical Center's Regional Cancer Center click on the link provided in the listing above for the Community Clinical Ocology Program. Contact the CICCOP office at (217) 788-4233 for specific information regarding open trials and inclusion criteria.

Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
To view trials available through the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) at The Cancer Institute at St. John’s Hospital click on the provided link. Contact the RTOG office at (217) 544-6464 ext. 45591 for specific information regarding open trials and inclusion criteria. View Web Site

Children's Oncology Group
To view trials available through Children’s Oncology Group (COG) at Simmons Cancer Institute and St. John’s Children’s Hospital click on the link provided. Contact the COG at (217) 545-7377 for specific information regarding open trials and inclusion criteria. View Web Site


 

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Additional Information

Simmons Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Office

Mail Code 9677
Fax (217) 545-6823

Kathy Robinson, PhD
Director of Clinical Trials
(217) 545-1946

Julie Baumgardner, RN, BSN
Research Nurse
(217) 545-2219

Allicent Curry, RN,BSN, OCN
Research Nurse
(217) 545-7929

SIU COG

Carol Peterson, RN, CCRP
(217) 545-7377

SIU Thoracic

Theresa Boley, RN, MSN, APN/FNP-BC, CCRP
(217) 545-5000

Cathy Leslie, RN, CCRP
(217) 545-8184

RTOG: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group:

Diana Weyhenmeyer, RN, MA, OCN
(217) 544-6464 ext. 45591

CICCOP: Central Illinois Community Clinical Oncology Program

Memorial Medical Center CICCOP Research Contacts:
Treatment/Cancer Control:

Holly Thomas (217) 788-4178

Stephanie Allbritton (217) 788-3544

Karen Graber (217) 588-2961

Chrissy Tucker (217) 788-4444

Deanna Greer (217) 788-4248

SIU Psych/Onc

Emily Lane, LCSW (217) 545-7654