Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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 a member 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.