From Green Bay to Northern Illinois, Aurora Health Care wants all cancer patients to have access to the absolute best care possible. Additional grant money from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is helping to make that possible.
NCI has awarded Aurora an additional $125,000 beyond its projected $755,000 annual grant for its third year of participation in the NCI’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). This is the third year in a row that the NCI has increased the grant allotment to Aurora NCORP.
Aurora is one of 34 sites nationwide participating in the program, which brings clinical cancer trials to people in their own communities, instead of only at major research institutions. Conducting clinical trials in a range of communities means that a more diverse patient population can participate in clinical trials in “real world” health care settings.
Thomas Saphner, MD, an oncologist at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County and NCORP co-principal investigator, is grateful that patients in his community can be offered these choices, “The NCORP grant means the latest trials are available to the people of Manitowoc County. The studies here are the same studies used at national cancer centers.”
These clinical trials can be lifesaving for people like Donna, a caregiver at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. Donna benefited from being a part of a clinical trial that helped her recover from breast cancer in less than three months. She has now been cancer-free for almost four years.
We are grateful for grants like this that are helping to create more access, and for donors like you who are enhancing the care for cancer patients every single day.