Clinical trials are research studies involving oncology patients and are designed to determine if new cancer drugs, technologies, diagnostics or other treatments are safe and effective. They are intended to answer specific questions regarding how best to use new diagnostics or treatments, usually in combination with other standard treatments.
At the Porter Cancer Care Center we have a fulltime certified oncology clinical research nurse who provides physicians and patients access to the most innovative studies in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment regimens. We also actively participate in clinical trials through the Colorado Cancer Research Program. Physicians, patients, families and staff can access our clinical trials nurse for information on current trials available to us based on individual cases.
A new generation of cancer drugs known as “targeted therapies” offers more effective treatment for some cancers, with fewer side effects. Some targeted therapies have been approved by the FDA and many others are in clinical trials. Where traditional therapies did not always distinguish between healthy cells and cancer cells, targeted therapy is far more focused.