Learn About Cancer Clinical Trials
Where Are Cancer Clinical Trials Conducted?
Because cancer clinical trials represent leading-edge medical science,
many people may believe that they are only available at large teaching
hospitals or in major cities. This is not the case. Depending upon the type of
cancer treatment, patients enrolled in cancer clinical trials receive care at teaching
hospitals, outpatient clinics, community hospitals, and physicians’ offices.
In fact, thousands of oncologists and other physicians throughout the United
States and Canada take part in cancer clinical trials. A clinical trial may
even be taking place in your neighborhood. About 8000 physicians in the United
States and Canada belong to cooperative groups. Another 2500 community cancer
specialists and primary care physicians take part in National Cancer
Institute-sponsored trials through the Community Oncology and Prevention Trials
Research Group. This program includes doctors in 29 states.
Both these programs are committed to extending the availability
of cancer clinical trials so patients do not necessarily have to leave their
community to receive leading-edge care.