Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

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Leading-Edge Cancer Research

Our cancer specialists, including surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, are some of the world's leading experts in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. They are committed to unlocking the mysteries of this disease and are behind some of the most important advances in cancer therapy and research.

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois and has earned an international reputation for excellence and a commitment to addressing cancer from every angle. Our physicians and researchers have been elected to numerous positions in professional and honorary societies, and they’ve won countless awards, including the Nobel Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Participate in a Cancer Clinical Trial

Find a clinical trial that's right for you. As a lead site for the Clinical Trials Network, we have more than 300 open therapeutic trials and enroll more than 1,000 patients each year.

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Cancer Research Initiatives

Our researchers are committed to unlocking the mysteries of this disease, and are behind some of the most important advances in cancer therapy and research.

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Cancer Research Programs

Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators are organized into four integrated scientific programs. Each program focuses on promising research paths.

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Our Cancer Researchers

Our scientists and clinicians have consistently expanded the boundaries of knowledge and transformed cancer care and prevention.

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SPORE Grants

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants are a cornerstone of the National Cancer Institute's efforts to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary translational cancer research.

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Core Facilities

The Biological Sciences Division provides shared technologies through Core Facilities, which provide specialized services in the support of research as well as serving as educational resources for the UChicago community.

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Learn about the expectations for membership in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the many benefits for our members.

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Clinical Research Support

An expert team of researchers, state-of-the-art equipment and considerable financial resources are required to unravel cancer’s vast complexity.

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Funding Opportunities

Learn about funding and award opportunities to fuel cancer research.