Cancer Research

Cancer Research

The Aurora Difference

More Options in the Fight Against Cancer.

When it comes to cancer care, time is precious. Research at Aurora Health Care is paving the way toward detecting cancer at earlier stages and treating it more effectively. With approximately 200 cancer research projects – this work may help people live longer, with a better quality of life. And we won’t stop until we find a cure.

Cancer Care Redefined

Aurora is home to a large team of cancer specialists, including national experts in breast cancer, brain tumors and cancer-fighting drugs (chemotherapy). We are not content with delivering the best available care. Through research, we are redefining cancer care.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Participation in prestigious research networks: We offer access to more clinical trials than ever before, thanks to our participation in government-funded research networks. We are one of 34 programs in the country participating in the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). We offer NCORP-sponsored clinical trials covering all aspects of cancer care, including prevention and treatment. Read more about the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program.
  • Using data to improve care: Combining breast cancer tissue with electronic health record data, we are searching for clues that may increase treatment effectiveness. This information helps us plan treatments that give people the best chances for survival. Learn more about our breast cancer research program: Translational Oncology Research: Quest for Understanding & Exploration (TORQUE).
  • Making care safer: After surviving cancer, many people are at the center of a new health issue: heart problems. Cardio-oncology research at Aurora is exploring why some cancer drugs cause heart conditions. We are on our way to helping cancer survivors live longer, healthier lives. Find out more about our cardio-oncology program.
  • Cancer survivorship: Team Phoenix empowers women to become proactive in their own health care and survivorship, move beyond the title of cancer survivor, and redefine themselves as athletes. Through an innovative 14-week fitness and research program, a leadership team of multidisciplinary clinicians, triathlon coaches and cancer survivor volunteers encourage and assist cancer survivors to regain endurance, strength, flexibility, and overall health and wellness after cancer treatment by training for a sprint-distance triathlon. Read more about Team Phoenix: Survivorship Redefined.

Clinical Trials

Access to the Latest in Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatments

We partner with drug (pharmaceutical) and medical device companies to study the safety and effectiveness of new treatments through clinical trials. In turn, you gain access to a broader range of treatments, many of which are available only in select programs across the country. Find out more about cancer clinical trials.

We are deeply committed to the safety of our clinical trial participants. Our team includes research coordinators who work with you one-on-one. We explain how a trial may help, coordinate all of your care and lend a caring ear whenever you need it. Find out more: clinical trial participant information.

Search Clinical Trials 

You can search trials by specialty and condition.

Translational Research

New Ways to Care for Cancer

Translational research projects “translate” scientific knowledge into new ways of detecting, preventing and treating cancer. Find out more about cancer translational research.

We are one of a few programs with expertise in two types of translational research, including:

  1. Bench-to-bedside projects: We are using knowledge from laboratory studies (bench research) to personalize cancer care. For example, our scientists in our Discovery Laboratory are obtaining cancer stem cells from our patients’ tumor samples. Our scientists are testing the ability of new drugs and drug combinations to kill the cancer stem cells. Read more about neurology and brain tumor translational research.
  2. Bedside-to-bench projects: Our doctors are designing research studies that use existing treatments in new ways. This work includes using drugs to fight breast cancer that has spread to the brain, which is very difficult to treat.

How to Participate

Find out more about ways to participate in research.

Become a Research Sponsor

You can sponsor original research or clinical trials.

Make a Donation

Your donation can help fund critical research or help to develop new medical products.

Collaborate With Aurora

Bring our expertise and data to your research program.