Clinical trials allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs, new devices, preventative strategies or treatment strategies. Each clinical trial is designed to find new or better ways to care for cancer patients. In the cancer setting, clinical trials are especially important because, in the absence of high cure rates, nearly all therapeutic approaches are developmental in nature.
Currently, there are hundreds of ongoing clinical trials in the United States. Although clinical trials are an important component of cancer care and are critical for gaining knowledge leading to improving cancer care, less than 5% of cancer patients currently participate in clinical trials because they are uninterested or unaware that they exist, have difficulty finding an appropriate clinical trial that may be of benefit to them, or are ineligible to participate in a clinical trial because of prior treatment interventions. Thus, it is extremely important to decide whether or not to participate in a clinical trial before receiving any treatment from a physician.
Types of Trials
Cedars-Sinai Cancer conducts investigator-initiated clinical trials. They are trials developed and led by faculty members at Cedars-Sinai Cancer and supported to some extent by Cedars-Sinai. The trials may be conducted at various clinical sites in Cedars-Sinai Cancer.
Cedars-Sinai Cancer provides access to national cooperative clinical trials through our partnerships with NCI research bases. These trials are funded by the National Cancer Institute. Taking part in these trials has given people in southern California access to the best standard treatment and an opportunity for improved care.
Cedars-Sinai Cancer also conducts industry-initiated clinical trials. They are supported by industry but are led by a local faculty member as Principal Investigators. The trials are conducted at various clinical sites in Cedars-Sinai Cancer. Innovative investigational new drugs under development by pharmaceutical companies are investigated in cancer types common to the local population.
How to Participate
Every person on faculty and staff at Cedars-Sinai Cancer is dedicated to providing you with the very best cancer care possible. To learn more about clinical trials, the potential benefits and risks, or to find out if a clinical trial is right for you, contact our Clinical Research Office.