Decatur, Ill. – More than 400 people, including cancer patients, family members, friends, physicians and researchers attended a dinner to honor local participants in cancer clinical trials. Celebrating You! was held by the DMH Cancer Care Institute and the Educational Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials (ENACCT) on Monday, July 11, at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.
James L. Wade, III, M.D., medical director of the DMH Cancer Care Institute, welcomed attendees and ENACCT Director and Founder Margo Michaels, M.D., spoke via Internet connection about the importance of community participation in cancer research and the success of the Decatur Community Partnership in increasing local research awareness. Lori Minasian, M.D., acting director of the Division of Cancer Prevention of the National Cancer Institute, spoke via Internet connection about the impact local cancer research has had in reducing the burden of cancer, both in Central Illinois and across the nation.
“Decatur and Central Illinois are models of success for cancer research,” said Dr. Wade. “Our Midwestern spirit for helping our families, our neighbors and our communities has resulted in us gaining new knowledge and improving treatments. Tonight we thank all of the participants, the families who have supported them, and their clinical research coordinators and physicians who together make new cures possible.”
Decatur is one of only three U.S. cities to receive the prestigious Pilot Education Program Grant sponsored by ENACCT and funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The $450,000 grant was awarded in 2006, and was used to learn more about the barriers of clinical trial enrollment and enhance approaches for clinical trial recruitment. The program enlisted the support of community leaders to assist in educating the public about the importance of clinical trials in current and future cancer treatment.
Many of the attendees participated in National Cancer Institute research programs that were provided to Central Illinois by the cooperative efforts of the DMH Cancer Care Institute and Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois.
DMH Cancer Care Institute currently coordinates more than 100 cancer clinical trials, and in the past five years nearly 2,500 patients have participated in clinical trials.
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 365-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. In 2011, DMH was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. For more information, call 217-876-2850.
DMH Cancer Care Institute
The DMH Cancer Care Institute at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur opened in 2009 to serve the current and future needs of cancer patients and their families in Central Illinois. Today, the Institute is a regional leader in cancer treatment, diagnosis and research. The Institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois
Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois (CCSCI) is the largest single specialty interdisciplinary cancer-focused medical practice in downstate Illinois, CCSCI has 17 physicians who provide personalized state of the art cancer care at 4 cancer centers and 10 satellite clinics throughout Central and Southern Illinois. CCSCI has received two national awards for research quality and innovation from the American society of Clinical Oncology and is the only practice in Illinois to receive such a distinction.