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Cancer Research for the Ozarks (CRO) was founded in 1987 by a grant from the National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2014, CRO was selected to be one of only 34 community sites in the United States to participate in the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The overall goal of NCORP is to bring cancer clinical trials (cancer 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. NCI has been collaborating with community investigators and bringing research to communities for more than 30 years. NCORP builds on NCI’s previous community programs, maintaining the strong history of clinical research accountability, resource sharing and exchange, and partnership building between NCI, academic institutions, and communities. CRO was established as a cooperative venture of CoxHealth and Mercy and remains such today.
Cancer Research for the Ozarks has a mission rooted in the spirit of collaboration between the Health Systems of Cox and Mercy in Springfield, Missouri. Inspired by our faith-based call to serve others, we seek to promote the quality of life within the communities we serve by providing innovative cancer research, education, and personal, compassionate presence with our patients, family members and staff.

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Featured Clinical Trial of the Month

9846 Tissue Procurement

Patient-Derived Models Tissue Procurement Protocol for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Patients enrolled onto this protocol will be giving small blood samples for the creation of preclinical models and materials to study tumor biology and to develop new therapies for cancer.

nci tissue procurement study

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