Saturday, August 29, 2015

Loyola prescribing ovarian cancer vaccine in clinical trial

Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, discusses how ovarian cancer is seen as a "silent" disease and is often not detected until an advanced stage. One Loyola patient, Colleen Olund, talks about how she entered this clinical trial and what it meant for her.

The goal of a cancer vaccine is to re-educate the immune system to recognize and fight off cancer cells. This type of clinical trial is offered at only a few academic medical centers. Mrs. Olund has done so well and she hopes that others will take part. They have a better chance of recovering and would be adding to the body of research in the battle against ovarian cancer.

To learn more about clinical trials for cancer at Loyola, please call (708) 216-5994.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.