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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
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  • 10/25/2017 - 9:30am
    Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - SLCI

    Class for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients class.  Topics include: Defining Breast Cancer, General Treatment, Staging, Pre-/Post-op Teaching, Lymphedema, Nutrition, Genetics, Emotional Aspects.  Lunch provided.

  • 10/26/2017 - 6:00pm
    Gilda's Club Kansas City

    Do you have questions about your insurance coverage? Erin Heger, navigator at the KC Care Clinic, will provide information about health insurance such as Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare and Marketplace plans. You will learn how to understand your own coverage and the health care law like tax credits, tax penalties, exemptions, and special enrollment.

  • 10/30/2017 - 6:00pm
    Gilda's Club Kansas City

    Feeling overwhelmed with the idea of planning your estate? Join expert, Nancy Woodworth, JD, as she covers the basics of estate planning. Topics will include living trust and wills, durable powers of attorney, and non-probate transfers. Come prepared with questions and leaves feeling confident to tackle the task of organizing your affairs


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