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Cancer Research

The Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute (SLCI) research program assures access to an extensive range of studies in many cancer specialties. Oncology patients treated at Saint Luke’s Health System metro facilities have the opportunity to participate in disease-specific clinical studies. These include National Cancer Institute Cooperative Research Group Trials, pharmaceutical industry-sponsored research, and investigator-initiated trials.

Through the evaluation of promising investigational treatments from these clinical studies, Saint Luke’s oncology patients and their physicians are provided options for care that otherwise would not be available. SLCI partners with major pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as prominent academic and medical research institutions throughout the United States.

Recent highlights

Our lung cancer research portfolio expanded significantly under the leadership of Janakiraman Subramanian, M.D., M.P.H. We have opened numerous clinical trials focusing on combined chemotherapy and immunotherapy approaches for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. We have also initiated studies looking at blood markers that may help differentiate benign from malignant lung nodules identified in lung cancer screening CT scans. 

Gary Johnson, M.D., joined Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute as director of gynecologic oncology in late 2015. He brings many years of academic experience and research and is quickly establishing an active research program in gynecologic oncology.

In 2015, we:

  • Focused on expanding the number of clinical trials available for patients across the spectrum of cancers
  • Doubled the number of active industry-sponsored clinical trials when compared with 2014
  • Expanded access at multiple metro sites in order to allow patients to participate in clinical trials closer to their homes

The opening of Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute on the campus of Liberty Hospital allowed 20 patients to participate in clinical trials at Liberty Hospital. In addition, we continue to enroll significant numbers of patients at Saint Luke’s East Hospital and Saint Luke’s South Hospital as well as Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. These efforts allowed us to maintain an accrual rate of over 6 percent of all new cancer patients, significantly above the national average. Breast cancer remains a focus of our research and was the leading cancer for clinical trial enrollment in 2015. Saint Luke’s patients helped contribute to practice-changing studies in triple negative breast cancer as well as improving targeted therapies for estrogen-dependent breast cancer.

Contact us

For more information about Saint Luke's Cancer Institute research, call 816-932-2677.

Saint Luke's Cancer Institute
Clinical Research
4321 Washington
Medical Plaza III, Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO 64111


  • 12/12/2017 - 5:00pm
    Saint Luke's Cancer Institute Resource Room

    Please join us for our  monthly forum:

    Koontz Center Advanced Breast Cancer Forum
    Tuesday December 12th 5:00pm – 6:00pm
    Dr Timothy Pluard: Genomic analysis of Metastatic Breast Cancer

    If you plan to attend the December forum please email:

  • 12/12/2017 - 6:00pm
    Gilda's Club Kansas City

    The holidays can seem daunting, stressful, and lonely while grieving. Come for this workshop to learn, listen, and share with others in a supportive environment. This class will benefit any adult who is grieving the loss of a loved one from cancer. Anita Slusher, Program Specialist with GCKC, will provide information about grief.

    Patients must register with Gilda's Club Kansas City 816-531-5444. For CANCER patients and friends/family.

  • 12/13/2017 - 1:00pm
    Saint Luke's Cancer Institute Resource Room

    Look Good…Feel Better is a nationwide program for women receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatment. In a free, two-hour workshop, caring volunteer beauty professionals teach simple beauty techniques to help women feel better about themselves, just when they need it most. Contact Melinda Dreesman at 816-932-4576 to register.