News from Illinois CancerCare

Dr. Jane Liu Recognized for Efforts as Lead Investigator in Cancer Research

Dr. Jane Liu, Medical Oncologist at Illinois CancerCare, was recognized as the highest enrolling physician for all cancer prevention and symptom management trials available through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The recognition was recently presented at the annual NCORP meeting in Bethesda, MD.
NCORP is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported network that brings cancer prevention clinical trials, cancer care delivery research, and cancer treatment trials to people in their communities. Locally, these clinical trials and research programs are available through Heartland NCORP which includes Illinois CancerCare, OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Health-Methodist.

Dr. Liu was also recognized for her efforts as the second highest enrolling physician across the entire NCORP network. In addition, 5 other physicians at Illinois CancerCare were recognized for their achievements in enrolling patients. They include: Madhuri Bajaj, MD; Gregory J. Gerstner, MD; Patrick L. Gomez, MD; Pankaj Kumar, MD; and Gary MacVicar, MD.

These recognitions are important as they highlight individuals and organizations for their dedication and commitment to research for individuals with cancer. This commitment can lead to new and improved cancer treatments and better ways to provide cancer care.

Heartland NCORP is comprised of three nationally recognized community cancer programs located in Peoria, IL, Decatur, IL and St. Louis, MO. These groups each had participated in NCI’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), the predecessor program to NCORP.