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Clinical Research
The Center for Cancer Care at St. Luke's Hospital offers many National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored studies. The NCI defines clinical research studies as a type of research that uses human volunteers to test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. These studies are offered in conjunction with very large cooperative study groups, such as the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, (CALGB), and National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, (NSABP). Currently, the Center for Cancer Care offers 36 open clinical studies for breast, lung, prostate, colon, ovarian and urinary tract cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphomas.

CLINICAL STUDIES ARE IMPORTANT IN TWO WAYS:
  • They identify which new drugs or treatments may improve patient outcomes, and which do not. If a new treatment proves effective, it may become a new standard treatment that may help many patients.
  • Patients who take part in clinical studies may be helped personally by the treatment they receive. The patients get up-to-date care from cancer experts, and they receive either a new treatment being studied or the best available standard treatment for their cancer.
Each clinical study in which St. Luke's participates is approved by the NCI, the cooperative group sponsoring the trial, and St. Luke's Institutional Review Board, (IRB). The IRB is a group of individuals who review clinical studies to ensure human volunteers are fully informed and protected during the research process.

The goal of the Clinical Research Program at St. Luke's Hospital is to facilitate clinical studies that will enable Center for Cancer Care physicians to offer appropriate cancer studies to patients. Patients participating in Clinical Research at St. Luke's are an integral part of the research process. As a participant, the patient is educated, consulted, and involved at each step of the research process. Clinical Research at St. Luke's Hospital allows cancer patients to participate in developing new treatment models in the fight against cancer.

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