Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs or treatment strategies. Clinical trials deliver care in a consistent and structured method so all participants in the trial will be treated in exactly the same way. They are an integral component for improving our cancer treatment.
Clinical Trials at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH)
MVH Cancer Program is dedicated to the latest medical hopes for treating cancer. MVH participates in clinical trials through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP).
Being part of this program gives MVHV access to approximately 100 national clinical trials. Clinical trials are available for cancers of the brain, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecology, head and neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, and sarcoma.
DCOP was one of the first community clinical oncology programs in the U.S. and was incorporated at MVH in 1982. Through DCOP, Dayton oncology patients have access to national cancer research studies at MVH. Additional research studies are available at MVH through the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and the National Marrow Donor Program.
Through clinical trials, MVH hopes to find better ways to prevent and treat cancer.
There are different types of clinical trials. According to the National Cancer Institute, treatment trials are trials that test new cancer drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments or new methods of treatments such as gene therapy. Prevention trials test new approaches such as medicines, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that physicians believe may lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Quality of life trials, also know as supportive care trials, are available. These trails explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients. MVH actively participates in these important trials.
If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials, call the MVH oncology research nurse at (937) 208-2387.
Clinical Trials Available
- American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
- Cancer and Leukemia group B (CALGB)
- Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
- Clinical Trials Support Unit of the NCI (CTSU)
- Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP)
- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
- Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (NCIC-CTG)
- National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)
- National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP)
- North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG)
- Pharmaceutical/Industrial Trials
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
- The University of Michigan Cancer Center
- URCC (The University of Rochester Cancer Center)
Research nurses are available to discuss clinical trials and eligibility criteria. Please call (937) 208-2387 for more information.
Learn more about clinical trials and the National Cancer Institute.
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