Cancer care at St. Francis now provides access to the newest and best treatments for tumor and blood disorders through groundbreaking clinical trials. Clinical trials are part of the cancer research process and are done to find out if new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard treatment.
Many of today's standard treatments for cancer are based on earlier clinical trials. Patients who take part in clinical trials also help improve the way cancer will be treated in the future. Even when clinical trials do not lead to effective new treatments, they often answer important questions and help move research forward.
Providing the same options as leading national cancer centers, St. Francis offers early phase trials for malignancies - sometimes the first human trials for medications. St. Francis is also the only community cancer provider in the country with access to industry trials that are normally offered only to a select group of leading national cancer programs.
An institutional review board of physicians, community members and cancer survivors meets monthly to review research studies available to St. Francis patients. St. Francis currently is involved with multiple clinical trials, about 90 percent of those being cancer related. Clinical trials aimed at preventing cancer also are available to some people who are high risk for developing certain forms of the disease.
For more information, please contact our Oncology Research department at 864-255-1517.