What are Clinical Trials?
Also called research studies, clinical trials are designed to assess potential new treatment or prevention opportunities with the goal of better outcomes. Clinical trials test the safety and efficiency of new or transformed cancer drugs, doses, unique approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, and diversified treatment combinations. The goal of a clinical trial may be to cure more patients, to prolong the lives of more patients, to prevent the spread or recurrence of cancer, or to achieve the same outcome as previous therapies with fewer side effects.
Clinical trials are a significant component for enhancing the treatment of medical conditions because they lead to exceeding standards of care. Every current medical treatment was a clinical trial at one point. In fact, current standard treatments for particular cancers may not be what is optimal for you, so always discuss with your oncologist about what clinical trial might be appropriate to consider for your specific cancer.
What are the Benefits of Clinical Trials?
Designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatment interventions, clinical trials have several benefits such as:
It has been proven that clinical trials have offered some of the most effective cancer treatments currently available today.
What are the types of Clinical Trials?
Also known as "research protocols" clinical trials evaluate the effectiveness of new interventions. The following are the various types of cancer clinical trials:
Who Can Participate in Clinical Trials?
Trinitas Cancer Center has many clinical trials available for patients with various types and stages of cancer. Any patient interested in participating in one of these trials is carefully screened. In order to take part in the study, the patient must have specific medical conditions as well as meet particular standards to qualify for treatment in the protocol.
These standards, referred to as eligibility criteria, are for the patient's safety. These criteria will ensure that the results of the study will be useful when selecting treatments for other patients with similar diseases.
As part of our commitment to providing the most thorough care, Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center participates in clinical trials to test new medications and other advances in treatment and technology. Because we believe that patients should have access to as many treatment options as possible, our highly accomplished and board certified oncologists encourage patients to participate in clinical trials when the most appropriate treatment is a trial with a new compound.
As part of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), our Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a larger network of cancer centers that partake in clinical research being conducted by major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The range of choices has expanded dramatically for patients who want to evaluate every possible option available to them. New drugs, updated drug delivery methods and immunotherapy are part of what we offer at the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Trinitas staffs medical oncologists that are experienced in most forms of cancer. These oncologists work with a team of professionals including radiation oncologists when appropriate, advanced practice nurses, oncology certified and trained nurses, a clinical research manager, nutritionists and social workers in order to provide accessible, personalized and compassionate care for all of our patients.
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