Cancer research gets $30M boost in Illinois

Three Illinois organizations have been awarded almost $30 million in federal funding for cancer research, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Aug. 27.

The funding comes from the National Cancer Institute within the National Institutes of Health and is intended to support the organizations' cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery studies. The organizations receiving funding are Carle Cancer Center at the Carle Foundation in Urbana, Ill.; Heartland Cancer Research at Decatur (Ill.) Memorial Hospital; and Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. Each organization is designated as an NCI Community Oncology Research Program site.

"Strong investments in medical research — which lead to new cures and treatments for cancer patients and so many others — has long been a top priority of mine," said Mr. Durbin.

Ms. Duckworth expressed similar sentiments. "I will keep working with Sen. Durbin to make sure organizations and researchers have the federal support they need to continue improving research and providing high quality care to families across Illinois," she said.

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