We are committed to bringing you new and innovative treatment options; one way we can do this is by participating in cancer clinical research trials. When you receive a diagnosis of cancer you are given a tremendous amount of information about your diagnosis and treatment options. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is what treatment options is right for you.
Clinical trials are one of the options that may have been discussed with you. Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, you should start by asking your doctor if there are any clinical trials locally for your type of cancer. We also offer a statewide matching service for clinical trials. You can reach this service at 1-866-955-4393.
You can also get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.
The decision to participate in a clinical trial is an important one; they are one way of receiving the newer treatments. Clinical trials enable us to discover better methods to treat cancer. There are requirements you must meet to take part in any clinical trial. You will meet with one of our clinical research nurses to discuss the requirements of the trial along with the risks and benefits. If you do qualify to participate in a clinical trial, the decision to do so is up to you.
For more information about clinical trials and whether or not there is a trial available for your type of cancer, call (561) 263-5791.