According to the AACR, May is National Cancer Research Month "in recognition of high-quality, innovative cancer research."
Research at OSUCCC - James
The Ohio State University’s cancer program, embodied in both our OSUCCC and The James, is working to create a cancer-free world, one person, one discovery at a time. We strive to eradicate cancer by integrating groundbreaking research with personalized patient care and excellence in education.
At the OSUCCC – James, we have an “army” of approximately 2,400 people from around Ohio State’s campus – researchers, clinicians, nurses, technologists, therapists, administrators, dietitians, volunteers and others – who are working together to create a cancer-free world.
We realize that, because there is no routine cancer, there will never be routine ways to prevent, detect and treat it. But our more than 300 researchers are identifying molecular elements within individual cancers so we can target them for treatment. To more fully leverage the breadth and depth of this large university, we recruit some of the brightest minds in cancer research from a range of disciplines. Our researchers represent 12 of the 14 colleges at Ohio State, and their discoveries are consistently published in leading scientific journals.
Equally impressive is their ability to translate molecular and genetic discoveries to innovative patient care through clinical trials. In 2013, more than 7,000 patients at the OSUCCC – James, or 27 percent of all who were diagnosed and treated here, participated in clinical trials. That’s well above the national average of 3-5 percent. Our goal is to involve more patients in these studies so we can keep moving the field forward.
Our collaborative efforts will become stronger in December 2014 with the completion and opening of our 21-level James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, the model for the 21st century cancer hospital. Its visionary design will more closely integrate researchers and clinicians so they can accelerate discovery and science-based treatments. This expanded hospital also will help us meet a projected 21-percent increase in patient admissions over the next decade.