Our partnership with the National Cancer Institute, as well as academic, industry and pharmaceutical research programs, enables our patients to participate in clinical and research trials that are shaping the future of cancer care. Participation in clinical trials gives cancer patients access to new medications and technologies and procedures frequently not available elsewhere. Members of our specialty teams work together to provide trial participants with real-time, evidence-based personalized care.
Our partners in research:
- NRG Oncology – Supported by National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). Comprised of National Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncologic Group (GOG)
- Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology – Supported by National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). Comprised of American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACoSOG), Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG).
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) – Clinical Trials Cooperative Group
- Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU) – A research support system to access National Cancer Institute clinical trials.
- Academic Centers – The Cleveland Clinic, City of Hope, Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sponsored trials
Different types of treatment are available for patients with melanoma. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may then become the standard treatment. Patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.
For more information on clinical and research trials available through The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment click here