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
by choosing disease site below :
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
Simmons Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Office
Mail Code 9677
Fax (217) 545-6823
Kathy Robinson, PhD
Director of Clinical Trials
Julie Baumgardner, RN, BSN
Allicent Curry, RN,BSN, OCN
Carol Peterson, RN, CCRP
Theresa Boley, RN, MSN, APN/FNP-BC, CCRP
Cathy Leslie, RN, CCRP
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:
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
Emily Lane, LCSW (217) 545-7654