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Iowa-Wide Oncology Research Coalition

Clinical Trials are research studies that try to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. As part of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), the Iowa-Wide Oncology Research Coalition (I-WORC) is a non-profit organization affiliated with several other hospitals and oncology practices in Iowa and Illinois with the aim to provide cutting-edge research to patients close to home.

Prior to affiliation with the Iowa-Wide Oncology Research Coalition, community-based research had been conducted at Oncology Associates for nearly thirty years via the Cedar Rapids Oncology Project.

I-WORC offers cancer treatment studies as well as studies to address symptom management for cancer patients and cancer care delivery research. Research such as this provides two important benefits:
  • Physicians practicing in the community are well informed about and are using the newest cancer therapies.
  • Cancer patients are receiving the newest medications and therapies in their own local communities.
Research studies conducted through the I-WORC NCORP come from the Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, NRG Research, and the Wake Forest University NCORP. The funding for these research efforts comes from an NCI Grant. In addition, Oncology Associates has access to pharmaceutical industry clinical trials.

For more information about clinical trials please contact Lynn Arens, BS, CCRP at (319) 363-2690 or e-mail larens@mercvcare.org.

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