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Research & Clinical Trials

The University of Illinois Cancer Center is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer on the people of Illinois and beyond, through an integrated program of excellence in research, education, and outreach on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

As the research and clinical trials component of oncology, our four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana function as one Cancer Center.  We work collaboratively with the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, Public Health, Social Work and Veterinary Sciences, in the context of cancer biology, genetics, therapies, imaging, prevention and early detection, and psychosocial oncology.  Throughout 11 other colleges within the University of Illinois system, our researchers explore cancer from the foundations of biology, chemistry and physics, while our social scientists investigate the core of societal and individual behavioral factors impacting cancer risk.  From urban planning and policy-making to food choices and exercise programs, the University of Illinois Cancer Center is taking an holistic approach to cancer.  Finally, all of our campuses are integrated with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, where our facilities provide state-of-the art treatment and serve as a model for clinical trials.  

Research in the University of Illinois Cancer Center is organized into four broad, thematic programs that are mechanism-based and focused on making discoveries that can lead to improvements in cancer treatment, diagnosis and prevention.  They are tightly linked to clinical research and treatment working groups, in areas such as breast cancer, lung cancer, gastro-intestinal cancers and prostate cancer.  Our Cancer Center includes over 250 researchers and physicians, with a total of cancer-related research funding exceeding $59 million.