Clinical trials may lead to new treatments or preventive measures for disease. When a new procedure or therapy shows promise, it is evaluated in a carefully controlled, clinical setting to determine if it is effective. Patients with cancer may participate in clinical trials involving new drug therapies, surgical techniques or combinations of common treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. Clinical trials are important because patients can receive what may be tomorrow's breakthrough therapy today.
Because the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center is accredited as an academic cancer center, we can offer clinical trials to our patients. The center provides information about clinical trials to the community and supports local physicians. People from throughout eastern North Carolina can participate in these trials if they qualify.
Specialists at our cancer center have joined leaders from other major cancer centers across the country to organize cooperative cancer study groups. In addition to these cooperative group trials, our center also participates in studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.
These clinical research studies are monitored carefully by review committees at this center and at the National Cancer Institute.
Clinical Trial Organizations We Participate In