Research and Clinical Trials

Overview

Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is home to a full range of specialty centers that diagnose and treat most forms of cancer. The institute provides more cancer care than any other medical center in the city of Los Angeles and performs more cancer surgeries then any other hospital in Los Angeles County. Additionally, the Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Cancer Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for our patients.

Investigators at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute are involved in both basic and clinical research. The more researchers learn about cancer, the more they realize that every type of cancer is different, requiring different diagnostic and treatment approaches.

Research

The rapid translation of research discoveries into safe, effective therapies is a core mission of the institute. Cedars-Sinai researchers are seeking more effective ways to diagnose, treat and prevent many forms of cancer, including brain, breast, ovarian, prostate, lung cancer, thyroid, head & neck as well as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and sarcoma.

The institute supports basic and clinical research in many cancer-related areas, including blood cell development, gene cloning and stem cells. Among the many exciting areas that The Board of Governors Center for Cancer Research at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is investigating are:

  • Blocking cancer growth by turning off signaling pathways
  • Developing gene therapy tumor treatments
  • Enhancing bone marrow transplantation options
What are Cancer Clinical Trials? (Source: National Cancer Institute)

Clinical trials for cancer, also called cancer treatment or cancer research studies, test new treatments in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as: new drugs; new approaches to surgery or radiation oncology; new combinations of treatments; or, new methods, such as gene therapy.

A cancer clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful research process. The search for new treatments begins in the laboratory, where scientists first develop and test new ideas. If an approach seems promising, the next step may be testing a treatment in animals to see how it affects cancer in a living being and whether it has harmful effects. Of course, treatments that work well in the lab or in animals do not always work well in people. Studies are done with cancer patients to find out whether promising treatments are safe and effective.

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