Cancer Clinical Trials

We have partnered with Mayo Clinic to provide access to cutting edge clinical trials to patients in the community. This affiliation with Mayo Clinic gives our patients access to some of the same clinical trials that are offered at Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering and other large academic centers across the country. The clinical trials offered include treatment, prevention and symptom management clinical trials for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and those who are at risk for developing cancer. We participate in clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and pharmaceutical companies. We also participates in vaccine clinical trials, which are some of the latest advancements in cancer care.

What is a clinical trial?

Cancer clinical trials are research studies for developing better ways of detecting, treating, and eventually preventing cancer. There are also clinical trials for managing the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments. By taking part in a clinical trial you are among the first to receive new research treatments before they are widely available. Any time you or a loved one needs treatment for cancer, clinical trials are an option to think about. Trials are available for all stages of cancer.

Types of Clinical Trials

Treatment Trials

Treatment trials research new treatments and medications or new combinations of drugs.

Prevention Trials

Prevention trials research better ways to prevent disease in people who have never had the disease or to prevent it from returning. These approaches can include medicines, vaccines, vitamins, minerals or lifestyle changes.

Screening Trials

Screening trials research better ways of detecting certain diseases or health conditions.

Quality of Life Trials

Quality of life trials explore ways to improve the comfort and quality of life for individuals with a chronic illness.

Phases of Clinical Trials

Phase I study

Used to learn the "maximum tolerated dose" of a drug and to assess possible side effects.

Phase II study

Involves a drug in which the dose and side effects are well known and documented. Many more participants are used in order to learn how to use the agent in the body as well as how it helps the condition under study.

Phase III study

Compares the new drug against a commonly used drug. Some subjects are given the new drug and some are given the commonly used the drug. This phase of trial is designed to determine where the new drug fits in managing a particular condition.

Randomization

Randomization is the method of selecting one of two or more treatment types by chance, not by choice. Each treatment is given with the highest level of professional care and the results of each are compared.

Placebo

An inactive substance or treatment that looks the same as,  and is given the same way as, an active drug or treatment being tested. The effects of the active drug or treatment are compared to the effects of the placebo.