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2008: CDH Joins National Cancer Clinical Trial Cooperative
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CDH Joins National Cancer Clinical Trial Cooperative

Loyola University Health System Membership - Suburban Cancer Patients Benefit

WINFIELD, Ill., August 29, 2008 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) was approved as an affiliate of Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) under the sponsorship of SWOG member Loyola University Health System. Participation in this group is one of the benefits of the recently established Loyola Cancer Care & Research Center at Central DuPage Hospital.

The membership gives west suburban patients access to one of the largest regional cancer clinical trial cooperatives in the United States. Participation in SWOG also provides CDH patients with access to cancer-treatment trials sponsored by SWOG through the Cancer Trials Support Unit of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Funded by NCI research grants, SWOG conducts clinical trials that aim to prevent and treat cancer in adults and to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.  Clinical trials give study participants access to new drugs, alternative uses of current drugs and other therapies that are being tested and are not yet available to the general public.

SWOG studies many adult cancer types, including breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic and lung cancers, as well as melanoma, myeloma, leukemia and lymphoma. Approximately 120 clinical trials are underway at any given time. More than 7,000 cancer patients and healthy participants are enrolled each year in the SWOG's studies, and approximately 35,000 more are involved annually in ongoing clinical trials. During the past 25 years, more than 170,000 patients have directly benefited from the SWOG's trials, while millions more have received improved care as new standards of treatment or prevention are developed by the SWOG.

Through the Loyola Cancer Care & Research Center at CDH, four Loyola medical oncologists practice at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and the doctors specialize in breast and lung cancers; GI and colon cancers; gynecologic cancers and sarcoma; and hematology and neuro-oncology.

There are currently four SWOG clinical studies approved by the CDH Investigational Review Board. Loyola oncologists are also engaged in an additional breast cancer clinical trial and anticipate approval on an ovarian cancer trial through SWOG later this year.

For more information about the Loyola Cancer Care & Research Center at Central DuPage Hospital call 630-933-4200 or visit www.cdh.org.

About Loyola University Health System
Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, 22 off-site facilities and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 570 licensed bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Health & Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 250-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Health & Fitness Center and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit or call (630) 933-4CDH.

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