If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re more than likely overwhelmed with the decisions you need to make about your treatment. What if your doctor gives you a choice: try a conventional therapy which might help or participate in a trial for a new drug or treatment which might prove more effective. What do you do?
Finding a Trial
You don’t need to live in a big city to take part in a cancer clinical trial. In 1983, our very own TCOP became one of the original 27 community clinical research programs sponsored by NCI. Now 45 programs, including TCOP, form a comprehensive clinical trial network across the country called Clinical Community Oncology Programs.
In addition, at any one time, more than 150 Phase II and III cancer clinical trials for children and adults are active at ProMedica. And for those patients in search of Phase I trials, ProMedica collaborates with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, one of 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.
Even greater access is on the horizon. As the Academic Health Center, a partnership between The University of Toledo (UT) and ProMedica, continues to develop, UT will provide administrative assistance to help facilitate more clinical research at ProMedica.
Oncology Clinical Research
Oncology clinical research trials play an important role in the development of new techniques, technology and treatments in the war on cancer. In cooperation with the Toledo Community Oncology Program, more than 70 cooperative oncology clinical trials are currently open for patient enrollment.
These trials are either Phase II or Phase III and include all primary sites of cancer including newly diagnosed cancers, metastatic and/or recurrent cancer as well as cancer control studies. In addition, there are approximately 20 sponsored research trials in the planning stages with expected openings for enrollment throughout 2012.
Physicians interested in discussing clinical trials available for patients may call the oncology research coordinators at 419-824-1011.