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Clinical Trials & Research

Through leading-edge research, done with national experts on the latest treatment options, the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center brings the latest discoveries to cancer patients here.

Clinical trials are research studies that have been carefully designed to answer questions about new ways to prevent cancer, treat cancer, and manage side effects of treatment.

The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center participates in national clinical trials through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and national and international studies through the pharmaceutical industry. These types of clinical trials are leading to major breakthroughs in cancer treatment.

Through the Iowa-Wide Oncology Research Coalition (I-WORC), Oncology Associates at Mercy Medical Center actively participates in more than 45 clinical trials at any given time. This allows a great number of patients access to trials based on the cancer and stage of cancer.

The group also participates in "symptom management" studies researching the side effects of medication/chemotherapy and improving quality of life. This includes studies on fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy and memory loss.

Through this leading-edge research, the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Research staff is able to work with national experts on the newest treatment options to bring the latest discoveries to cancer patients in Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa.

For more information about clinical trials, call Lynn Arens, BS, CCRP at (319) 363-2690 or e-mail

Cedar Rapids Oncology Project

The Cedar Rapids Oncology Project (CROP) is a non-profit organization affiliated with Oncology Associates, Mercy Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Trinity Medical Center in the Quad Cities area. The Project began in 1985 for the purpose of providing access to cancer Clinical Research Trials to people in Eastern Iowa. CROP is one of 50 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Clinical Oncology Programs in the US.

CROP has expanded from cancer treatment research and now includes cancer prevention and cancer screening clinical trials. The Project provides two important benefits:

  • Physicians practicing in the community are well informed about and are using the newest cancer therapies.
  • Cancer patients are receiving the newest medications and therapies in their own local communities.

The funding for these research efforts comes from an NCI Grant each year along with support from The Cedar Rapids Oncology Project (CROP), Mercy Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Trinity Medical. Clinical trials opened by the Cedar Rapids Oncology Project come primarily from the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (formerly the North Central Cancer Treatment Group), the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), and the Academic and Community Cancer Research United (ACCRU) based at the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, Oncology Associates at Mercy has access to nationally and internationally conducted pharmaceutical industry clinical trials.

For more information about clinical trials, call (319) 363-2690 or e-mail

American Cancer Society

Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families and healthcare professionals find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to specific patient, taking their medical and personal history in consideration. For more information, call 1-800-303-5691 or visit

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers a clinical trials search feature along with patient education on clinical trials. For more information, go to

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