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Welcome to Heartland Cancer Research NCORP

Three Generations


Why is community-based cancer research important?  Being able to join research studies in a person's own community allows them to stay close to family, friends, support systems, and their local physician and health organizations, where high quality clinical studies are resulting in better care.

Heartland Cancer Research is one of 34 networks that comprise the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been collaborating with community investigators and bringing research to communities for more than 30 years. The NCORP builds on NCI’s previous community programs, maintaining the strong history of clinical research accountability, resource sharing and exchange, and partnership building between the NCI, academic institutions, and communities.

Research in the community setting allows access to a larger and more diverse patient population in a variety of "real world" healthcare locations. This can accelerate accrual to clinical trials, enable feasibility testing of promising new interventions, and increase the generalizability of study findings. Engaging community oncologists in collaborative research can also facilitate the uptake of effective, evidence-based practices into routine care. 

The overall goal of the NCORP is to bring cancer clinical trials (cancer control, symptom control, prevention, screening, treatment and imaging), as well as cancer care delivery research (CCDR) to individuals in their own communities, thus generating a broadly applicable evidence-base that contributes to improved patient outcomes and a reduction in cancer disparities.

The NCORP designs and conducts cancer prevention, control, screening, and post treatment surveillance clinical trials and CCDR studies, including comparative effectiveness research.  The NCORPs also facillitates:

  - patient and provider access to treatment and imaging trials from the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN)

  - minority and underserved participation in clinical research

  - disparities research questions across all study types and settings

 - primary and specialty care providers' health services and behavioral researchers expertise with oncologists 

 - knowledge transfer into clinical practice and healthcare systems and organizations 

The NCORP brings researchers together with community based physicians to conduct high quality clinical studies for cancer patients, for people at risk of cancer and their health care organizations in local community settings, where most patients receive their care.



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