Clinical Trials - Oncology Research
More screened patients participate in clinical trials than the national average.
Clinical trials help determine whether promising treatment approaches should become a new standard of care. The clinical trials may study a new drug, a new approach to surgery, new radiation treatments or combinations of these treatments. The goal is to improve the survival rate for a specific type of cancer.
Areas of clinical trial
The Oncology Research Department in the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center offers clinical trials to patients at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Cancer Center. Clinical trials are available in many areas including:
- Head & Neck
The national average for participation in clinical trials is three to five percent. At Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, 22% of screened patients were trial participants in 2018.
In addition to closely supervising each study, members of the Oncology Research Department work closely with each patient's physician to determine whether that patient meets the study's criteria for participation.