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Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $30 Million For Cancer Research In Illinois

Funding will also benefit SHCC MU-NCORP.

Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced about nearly $30 million award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that will benefit NCORP sites in Illinois, including SHCC MU-NCORP:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that three Illinois-based organizations have been awarded nearly $30 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery studies in their communities.

"This federal funding will support the important work being done at some of Illinois' best research institutions," Durbin said. "Strong investments in medical research—which lead to new cures and treatments for cancer patients and so many others—has long been a top priority of mine, and I will continue advocating for this life-saving and life-improving work."

"Ensuring high quality health care is important for all Illinoisans, especially those in need of life-saving cancer treatments," Duckworth said. "I will keep working with Senator Durbin to make sure organizations and researchers have the federal support they need to continue improving research and providing high quality care to families across Illinois."

Under this announcement, the following NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) sites will receive funding:

Carle Cancer Center NCORP at the Carle Foundation in Urbana, Illinois, will receive $1,360,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. Projected funding over six years is $8,160,000.

Heartland Cancer Research NCORP at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Illinois, will receive $2,760,000 Fiscal Year 2019. Projected funding over six years is $16,560,000

Stroger Hospital of Cook County NCORP in Chicago, Illinois, will receive $833,400 for Fiscal Year 2019. Projected funding over six years is $5,000,000.

"Since 2002, the oncology program at Stroger has received over $17 million in NCI funding for clinical research. "
Thanks to the funding, Stroger Hospital has placed more than 2,000 patients in cancer clinical trials. The majority of those patients are minorities, including 50 percent African Americans.
"The way to solve the health disparity gap is to ensure that everyone has access to state-of-the-art treatment strategies and drug development," said Dr. Thomas Lad, Chair of Hematology and Oncology at Cook County Health. "We're motivated to put as many people as possible in trials. That is the way progress is made." - Stroger Hospital Receives $5M Grant to Support Cancer Research