Fighting Cancer, at Home in Oklahoma

Cutting-edge clinical trials performed at the Stephenson Cancer Center allow Oklahoma families battling cancer to receive the best care right at home and to receive the newest and most promising cancer therapies before they are available anywhere else.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only 30 centers in the United States to serve as a Lead Academic Participating Site (LAPS) to provide clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. In 2019, the Stephenson earned a $10.8 million renewal of the LAPS grant to operate those trials. In 2018, Stephenson Cancer Center enrolled more patients in NCI-sponsored clinical trials than any other cancer center in NCI’s network nationwide.

The Supportive Care Program at Stephenson Cancer Center provides patients a variety of services that address the symptoms of cancer treatment -- from chemotherapy-induced neuropathy to emotional distress to loss of appetite. The interdisciplinary team includes physical therapists, mental health professionals, social workers, dietitians and others.

Helping ALL Oklahomans.

The Stephenson Cancer Center has helped the NCI in its mission to reduce the burden of cancer in minorities, for whom statistics are not improving. During 2018, American Indians represented 5.7 percent of the total enrollment in treatment trials at Stephenson, and its Patient Navigation program assisted 354 American Indian cancer patients with 30 different tribal affiliations. The enrollment numbers were similar for African-Americans and Latinos/Hispanics, all of whom saw increased clinical trial participation over the past five years.

Research That Saves Lives.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers in the United States, helping to form the backbone of NCI’s programs for studying and controlling cancer. It is home to investigators working in the areas of basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, and population-based cancer research. Many researchers also have faculty appointments in the seven colleges at the OU Health Sciences Center and represent the collaborative approach necessary to investigate cancer.

Reducing Tobacco-related Illnesses and Deaths.

As a program of the Stephenson Cancer Center, the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate tobacco-related diseases and death in Oklahoma through research that informs interventions and policies, with a particular emphasis on addressing tobacco-related health disparities.

  • The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center is funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the entity created in 2008 to oversee annual payments from the tobacco industry as part of the Master Settlement Agreement. Oklahoma was the first state to constitutionally protect those funds in a trust so that they can be used to help Oklahomans burdened by tobacco use.

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