Clinical trials are being offered at the Springfield Regional Cancer Center. Clinical trials evaluate new treatments in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials evaluate many types of treatments such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy and new combinations of treatments. There are also cancer control trials which look at treatments to help control the symptoms of the disease or side effects of the treatments.
Every clinical trial in the U.S. must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits. The Springfield Regional Cancer Center participates in trials through the Columbus Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) in association with 14 other facilities such as Grant and Riverside Hospitals in Columbus.
Patients’ charts are screened by our Clinical Research Nurses to see if a patient might be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. If it is determined a patient is eligible for a clinical trial this information is presented to the patient’s physician for their review prior to presentation to the patient. The clinical trial is then presented to the patient for their decision as to whether to proceed with standard treatment or treatment offered through the clinical trial.
For more information or if you would like to know if you are eligible for a clinical trial please feel free to contact our Clinical Trial Nurses:
Linda Blosser, RN: (937) 323-5552
Chaundra Foss, RN: (937) 323-5554