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Clinical Trials

Setting the Course for Your Cancer Care
The first decisions and the first treatment are the most important. Many believe that a clinical trial is a last resort, when in fact it should be considered at the onset. At MacNeal, we urge patients to request information about cancer clinical trials soon after diagnosis and before any treatment begins.

Cancer research at MacNeal Hospital provides patients with access to the latest, most innovative treatment options in cancer care. These clinical trials are used to research new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer, while providing viable treatment options for patients who wish to participate in emerging science, while receiving the best standard of care.

MacNeal is a community cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is committed to ensuring that patients have access to cancer clinical trials to treat their cancer in accordance with the recommendation of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) evidence base guidelines. Download the MacNeal Cancer Research PDF for your reference.

View our current Cancer Clinical Trials PDF.

Our Mission & Vision
At MacNeal, our mission is to provide innovative cancer therapies through research that continues to challenge the current standard of care in the quest for a cure. Our vision is that the community will have access to the most advanced clinical trials as a treatment option for a cancer diagnosis and will understand the importance of knowing how and when to access a clinical trial.

Today’s cancer therapies are more targeted, and many are taken orally in place of intravenous infusions and some of which are only available through clinical trials. These novel treatments are attacking cancer in unique ways. At the present time, we offer approximately 20 clinical trials across multiple disease sites at different stages of disease.

MacNeal has research affiliations with:

  • National Cancer Institute Cooperative Groups (ECOG, SWOG, Alliance, NRG)
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Northwestern University
  • Multiple National Pharmaceutical Sponsors
MacNeal Cancer Research Program:
  • Board-certified Surgeons
  • Board‐certified Medical and Radiation Oncologists
  • Participates in multiple phases of cancer research with active clinical trials across multiple disease sites and stages
Advantages of participating in cancer clinical trials:
  • New investigational drugs are often available only through a clinical trial and are provided free of charge by the sponsor of the trial.
  • Clinical trial patients may be among the first to benefit from the new therapy.
  • Clinical trials meet or exceed the current standard of care.
For more information about available clinical trials, please call the Cancer Research Office at 708-783-6165 or email Julie Koch, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP at
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