Cancer Clinical Trials

Building Blocks for the Future
If you are diagnosed with cancer, are a cancer survivor or you know someone who is, most likely some of the therapies that you or they received were first tested and refined in cancer clinical trials. 

 Clinical trials are research studies that help us discover better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
• Trials are essential in driving cancer care therapies forward.
• Our aim is to make treatments more effective, safer and easier to tolerate.
• Clinical trials test breakthrough ideas that can become state-of-the-art treatments. 

How Clinical Trials Work
Different clinical trials focus on different aspects of cancer treatments, helping us develop and refine:
• New medications or safer, more effective ways to use current medicines
• New surgical, radiation or chemotherapy treatments
• Immunotherapy treatments that power your own immune system to stop cancer before it takes hold or to fight a current or returning cancer
• Novel ways to deliver or combine conventional treatment plans
• Better ways to diagnose cancer or lessen cancer’s spread or return
• Methods to make treatments safer, with fewer unpleasant side effects

How Joining a Clinical Trial May Benefit You
You can choose to take part in any clinical trial that your doctor feels may help you. If you decide a trial you’ve enrolled in is not for you, you can quit any time for any reason. Some ways participation in a clinical trial could benefit you include:
• The trial could let you receive new lifesaving therapies months or years before they’re available to the general public.
• The treatment or medicine you get in the trial may be better for you than the conventional treatment.
• You may be successfully treated with medications that would be prohibitively expensive outside of the trial.
For a list of our Clinical Trials, click here. 

Clinical Trials at the Cancer Center  
Our Cancer Clinical Trials Office is dedicated to providing you effective treatments with maximum safety and comfort. We help the doctors conducting the trials — called physician investigators — to develop and coordinate the various in-house trials.

We currently have clinical studies for every major cancer site and include treatments for many different types of cancer. We’re also working on developing new ways to detect and isolate cancer cells circulating in the blood.

Expert, Professional Trial Management
Clinical trials may be conducted by doctors, scientists, pharmaceutical companies or other types of researchers. The day-to-day details of the trials are managed by our professional Clinical Trials staff. These individuals, who are members of the Cancer Disease Management Teams, can give you details about available trials and help you coordinate appointments.

Safety First
Your safety is extremely important to us. The treatments used in clinical trials have already been comprehensively tested in labs before they are used in human trials.
• When you participate in a clinical trial, your health and safety are rigorously tracked.
• You’ll be protected by the same ethical and legal code that all doctors and hospitals must adhere to.
• Your health will be monitored by our Committee on Research in Human Subjects, which includes doctors, nurses and additional professionals. 

For more information, call (631) SB-TRIAL (728-7425).
For a list of our Clinical Trials, click here.