Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is one of several hospital-based community cancer centers leading the rapid delivery of evidence-based cancer research and care close to home through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
This means patients have increased and improved treatment options, such as research studies, as well as better overall patient care. Ask your cancer care team if there is a research study appropriate for you.
Trials test many types of treatments, such as new:
- Drugs or vaccines
- Ways to do a surgery or give radiation therapy
- Combinations of treatments
Phases of clinical trials
For a treatment to become part of standard treatment, it must first go through three or four clinical trial phases. You do not have to take part in all phases. The early phases make sure the treatment is safe. Latter phases show if it works better than the standard treatment.
Who can join a clinical trial?
Based on the questions the research is trying to answer, each clinical trial protocol clearly states who can or cannot join the trial.
Common criteria for entering a trial:
- Having a certain type of cancer
- Having received a certain kind of therapy in the past
- Being in a certain age group