Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, (cancer.northwestern.edu) one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois, is dedicated to scientific discovery, advancing medical knowledge, providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care, and training the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

First established in 1974, the Cancer Center was invigorated in 1989 when Ann and Robert H. Lurie made a commitment to endow an institution dedicated to research and treatment of all aspects of cancer. Outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research complements a full range of prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care programs for all types of cancer.

Led by Director Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, and Deputy Director Francis J. Giles, MB, MD, FRCPI, FRCPath, our faculty is comprised of clinicians and researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as other academic units.  Together they bring the knowledge gained by participating in basic, clinical, and translational research and education directly to our patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

The Lurie Cancer Center has approximately 275 members conducting research, who generate in excess of $175 million in extramural cancer-relevant research funding annually. The culture of collaboration and discovery draws physicians, scientists, nurses, and other professionals from around the world to the Lurie Cancer Center.

The Lurie Cancer Center has 125,000 NSF of space dedicated to laboratory and clinical research and administrative support on Northwestern University’s main and medical school campuses, and provides investigators with access to the shared resources of 17 core research facilities, including multiple imaging facilities, flow cytometry, pathology and specimen procurement, clinical research, biostatistics and bioinformatics.

Annually, there are more than 5,000 cancer-related admissions to Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s 138 dedicated medical or surgical oncology beds. Two outpatient cancer care facilities totaling 56,000 NSF of space, and state-of-the-art radiation oncology facilities establish the environment for comprehensive care.

The Lurie Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals and physician practices treat nearly 10,000 new cancer cases each year. In addition to the Lurie Cancer Center’s coordinated use of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation oncology, and interventional oncology, we facilitate cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, and recovery through patient education and the use of complementary therapies. The Lurie Cancer Center’s patients are the reason all of us are here.  Services include:

  • Regular multidisciplinary conferences providing prospective treatment planning for virtually all cancer types
  • Patient and Family Health Learning Center with library and computer access in three locations
  • Patient and caregiver education facilitated by advanced practice nursing staff and social workers
  • Supportive Oncology Program providing one-on-one counseling, emotional and spiritual support, disease-specific support groups, and nutrition services
  • Integrative Oncology Services including massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, etc
  • Specialized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Fertility Preservation Program
  • Cancer Genetics Program
  • Specialized survivorship clinics and programs including a late effects clinic for long-term pediatric survivors, an adolescent and young adult program, an adult clinic, and a geriatric survivor program
  • Palliative and Hospice Care
  • Pain Management Clinic for cancer patients

Through the Clinical Research Office (CRO) of the Lurie Cancer Center, a comprehensive clinical trials program is available to patients. Staffed by 59 full-time employees, the CRO conducts and coordinates Phase I through Phase III clinical trials sponsored by federally funded national cooperative groups and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as investigator-initiated institutional trials developed by faculty members at Feinberg. Physicians affiliated with the Lurie Cancer Center regularly play leading roles in national cooperative group studies, and in working to develop, test and accelerate access to new treatments. Nearly 2,000 patients are accrued annually to the more than 300 interventional clinical trials that are available.

The Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutics Institute offers patient access to early phase clinical trials. These trials help speed promising new therapies to patients.

The Lurie Cancer Center conducts a wide range of professional and public education conferences and sponsors survivorship events every year.  With nearly 4,000 in attendance, the annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration & Walk is among the nation’s largest survivorship events. Join us on National Cancer Survivors Day, the first Sunday of June.