Clinical trials (also known as clinical studies or research protocols) are studies designed to find new and better ways to treat patients with cancer.
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 treatment.
Our cancer 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 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.
Atrium Medical Center’s cancer clinical research service provides access to an extensive list of protocols. Clinical trial participation remains the national standard for quality care and demonstrates our program’s desire to achieve the highest level of care.
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.
Cancer-related clinical trials are supported through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP), which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-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 clinical trial results helps determine new strategies for patients not responding to more traditional treatments. Some clinical trials also focus on preventive approaches to specific cancers, including skin cancer and breast cancer.
Available Clinical Trials
- Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP)
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
- M.D. Anderson Trials, Houston, Texas
- The University of Rochester Cancer Center (URCC)
- The University of Michigan Cancer Center
- Clinical Trials Support Unit of the NCI (CTSU)
- American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
- Gynecological Oncology Group (GOG)
- Ireland Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Hospitals, Cleveland
- James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus Core Services
Atrium Research and Cancer Clinical Trial Office
The Research and Cancer Clinical Trials office is located in the Compton Center, located on the north side of Atrium Medical Center. It is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Content Updated: November 12, 2014