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A National Leader in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials provide patients with opportunities to access promising new cancer therapies.  The Stephenson Cancer Center is a top two cancer center nationally for the number of patients participating in clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation’s largest supporter of cancer research.  Our Early-Phase Clinical Research Program provides patients with first access to the newest targeted-therapy and precision medicine-based treatments.  

One in four patients at the Stephenson participates in a clinical trial to access cutting-edge treatments and the highest standard of patient care.  Through their participation, these heroes of hope help advance cancer medicine and raise the standard of care for patients everywhere.

A Recognized Center for Pioneering Research

One in two men and one in three women in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives.  This year, over 19,000 Oklahoma residents will be diagnosed with cancer.  Currently, over 200,000 cancer survivors in Oklahoma who live with the long-term effects of their disease.  Nationally, we have the 7th highest cancer mortality rate among all states.  Unfortunately, our large rural and American Indian populations suffer from some of the highest cancer incidence and mortality rates in the US.

Investigators at the Stephenson Cancer Center conduct a wide range of research in the basic, clinical, behavioral and population sciences to improve patient outcomes and decrease the burden of cancer in the state and the nation:

  • Laboratory-based researchers work at the genetic, proteomic and molecular levels to unlock the cellular mechanisms that lead to tumor growth and metastasis. 
  • Clinical researchers work to advance laboratory discoveries into the clinical setting in the form of better treatment options. 
  • Behavioral and population researchers seek to reduce Oklahoma’s heavy burden of cancer by addressing cancer health risk factors and the significant cancer health disparities among the state’s minority populations.   

Oklahoma’s Only Comprehensive Academic Cancer Center

The Stephenson Cancer Center provides patients with the highest standard of research-driven and patient-centered care available in the state and region.  Cancer care at the Stephenson is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of oncology physicians who specialize in specific types of cancer.  Patients are helped at every step of their journey by a team of supportive care specialists who assist with the emotional, physical and financial hardships of cancer.

Outstanding Care, Close to Home

The Stephenson Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care close to home for Oklahomans so that residents don’t need to travel out of state to access cutting-edge therapies and oncology specialists.  Providing the highest level of care close to home is critical because the support of friends and family enhances the success of patient treatment.


Thank You MidFirst Bank!

Finding a cure for breast cancer is a passion that MidFirst Bank shares with us! Through their Pink Card, MidFirst Bank has donated more than $1,000,000 for breast cancer research at the Stephenson Cancer Center.