Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Loyola to take part in landmark cancer study

Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood is an enrollment site for the American Cancer Society’s landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3.

Loyola University Medical Center is an enrollment site for the American Cancer Society’s landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

This study could change the face of cancer for future generations. Researchers are looking to enroll adults between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

Enrollment at Loyola will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the study can contact the American Cancer Society at (888) 604-5888 to set up an appointment.

Participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

At home, participants will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavior and other health-related factors. The American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys will take an hour or less and are expected to be sent every few years.

CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to a half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer,” said Alpa V. Patel, PhD, principal investigator of CPS-3. “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved."

Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and involved millions of participants. The studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. CPS-II began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer since its launch make it important to begin a new study.

The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants will produce benefits for decades to come.

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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.