SOMC Cancer Center now offering clinical trialsPosted on May 15, 2012

The SOMC Cancer Center is now offering National CancerInstitute sponsored clinical trials, meaning patients will have access to the latest options in cancer treatment in addition to the excellent care they already enjoy.

“Those who take part in clinical trials at SOMC will receive the same excellent, proven care that all patients receive, but in addition they also may receive new novel therapies,” says Clinical Research Nurse Jamie Arnett. “Clinical trials play an important role in the development of new treatments. In fact, many of the treatments that our patients are receiving today first began in clinical trials.”

SOMC is offering clinical trials Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute through their Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP).

“This is very exciting because it offers us the opportunity to bring new promising therapies to our patients right here in Portsmouth,” says Dr. Thomas Summers. “Our patients are now able to participate in National Cancer Institute sponsored trials, which helps excel the field and potentially allows a patient access to promising therapies sometimes years before they are available to the general public.”

In addition to active treatment trials, this also brings trials aimed at cancer prevention and control, which is important for our primary care colleagues to know.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like to schedule a consultation with one of our medical oncologists for a second opinion or to determine your eligibility for a clinical trial, contact our clinical trials nurse at 740-356-7594. Additional information on the SOMC Cancer Center’s clinical trials can be found at

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