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Why Clinical Trials Are Important to Your Treatment

Clinical trials are important because they help physicians and researchers find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases such as cancer. Doctors use the results of clinical trials when they decide on a cancer treatmentOur specialists actively peruse medicines of the future and offer our patients a unique chance to participate in tomorrow's treatments.

Patients, physicians, and family members should weigh the risks and benefits of drugs designed to treat cancer. An investigational drug is one that is under study and is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States. The most common way to gain access to an investigational drug is through participation in a clinical trial.

While clinical trials have risks for the people who participate, each study also takes steps to protect patients. It is important to discuss your treatment options with medical professionals and those close to you.

The Research and Cancer Clinical Trials office is located in the Compton Center which is located on the north side of Atrium Medical Center. It open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Treatment Protocols

Treatment protocols for cancer are being developed every day, giving patients renewed hope and the ability to live longer, stronger lives. Atrium Medical Center and many of its physicians continue to be actively involved in clinical trials.

The cancer-related clinical trials are supported through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP)Off Site Icon, which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)Off Site Icon-funded program providing prevention, cancer control, and treatment trials for most types of cancer.

Cancer specialists at Atrium may encourage patients to participate in a clinical trial so they can benefit from new or emerging treatments. Our staff's access to the results of those trials helps determine new strategies for patients not responding to more traditional regimens. Some clinical trials also focus on preventive approaches to specific cancers, including skin cancer and breast cancer.         

List of Clinical Trials Available

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