UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has access to a broad spectrum of medical oncology and radiation oncology clinical trials with the specific aim of treatment and prevention of cancer through its affiliations with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN). ECOG-ACRIN is an NCI sponsored oncology group. Without traveling far from home, our cancer center patients may choose to receive emerging innovative treatments offered through clinical trials.
We currently have over 30 phase II and III trials open in the following areas:
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Lung cancer
- Genitourinary cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders
The cancer center also participates in several internal research projects for the purpose of providing the best treatment methods and care through evidence-based research so patients receive optimal treatment.
For patients who want to pursue earlier phase clinical trials at a larger academic institution, the trial program also offers assistance in locating an appropriate trial and making the needed referral.
Is a Clinical Trial Right for Me?
Clinical trials are an important part of cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Over the years, clinical trials have established new medical standards leading to better treatments, outcomes and less toxicity for patients.
A clinical trial carefully monitors use of a particular procedure or treatment. The data gained is often the last step in the research process before a governing agency like the Food and Drug Administration can approve that drug or treatment for use.
Patients who enroll in a clinical trial at the Cancer Center work closely with an oncology research nurse coordinator who takes the patient through an informed consent process and becomes an important part of the patient’s cancer care team. This includes education about the treatment plan, potential risks and side effects from treatment, and the visits and tests required to participate in the trial, which may be more than they would have if not in a study. Many patients appreciate this level of attention to their care and well-being during treatment. Patient participation in a clinical trial is voluntary, and the patient may discontinue the trial at any time.
To learn more about clinical trials in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA, contact your doctor or our research provider by calling 570-326-8892.