The SOMC Cancer Center is now offering access to clinical trials through the Columbus Community Oncology Program (CCOP). Our patients are eligible to participate in National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored trials with the goal of improving the treatment of cancer and the development of new medical knowledge. Our clinicians are committed to translating research into new and better options for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Clinical trials are studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs and strategies. Today’s most advanced cancer treatments started as clinical trials. Patient participation in clinical trials is important so that new therapies may advance treatment options for future cancer patients.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are research studies involving people. They are the final step in a long process that begins with laboratory research and testing. Clinical trials try to answer specific questions or find ways to prevent, detect, or treat diseases or to improve care for people with diseases.
In cancer research, a clinical trial is designed to show how a certain anticancer approach – whether a promising drug or new surgery – affects the people who receive it.
Where can I find Information about Clinical Trials?
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, www.clinicaltrials.gov, aims to be a complete listing of all U.S. Government and industry-sponsored clinical trials.
- The National Cancer Institute (NCI) may be phoned toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Hours of operation are 9:00am to 4:30pm.
- To learn more about our clinical trials program use the search function below or call our Clinical Trials nurse at (740) 356-7594 or toll free at 888-722-8787.