Cancer Clinical Trials
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Cancer Research Program has been active in clinical trials for 24 years and provides our adult patients and community access to regional, national and international cutting-edge clinical trials. Patients at the Vernon Cancer Center have access to a wide variety of clinical trials including research conducted in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital as an approved satellite member, in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and is an official Clinical Trial Affiliate of Dana-Farber Partners Cancer Care.
The Hospital is also a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), which is a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The program also participates in other NCI cooperative group trials as well, and offers pharmaceutical sponsored research trials.
Clinical trials advance the understanding of cancer and improve the quality of life for oncology patients. The goals of the research program are to advance knowledge related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survival.
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Research Program is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). This accreditation helps us to ensure that our clinical research program provides the highest quality and protection of the rights and safety of our research participants.
Benefits of the Cancer Research Program:
- Provides access to new treatments sometimes years before they are available outside of a clinical trial.
- Provides the patient and medical team the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of science and medicine
- Provides focus on valuable endpoints such as progression-free survival, overall survival, and quality of life.
- Allows patients to continue to receive personalized care in a private setting while still having access to the highest caliber of science and cancer treatment in the community where they live.
To find out more about participating in a clinical trial, read the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) booklet: Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies.
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