WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS?
A clinical trial is a research study designed to answer a question which is relevant to current patient care. Clinical trials are the major way advancements in medical care occur, and current Oncology care is based on results from previous clinical trials. In order to conduct clinical trials it is often necessary to perform extensive research in a laboratory to demonstrate that a particular drug or treatment is worthy of investigation.
WHY PARTICIPATE IN CLINICAL TRIALS?
There are many benefits to clinical trial participation, both personal and societal. Some clinical trials are testing a new drug which has not yet been approved for cancer care by the FDA. Other clinical trials are designed to test new combinations of drugs or an approved drug in a cancer type in which it has not yet been studied.
HOW DOES A CLINICAL TRIAL WORK?
Clinical trials use written protocols which define the purpose of the trial, as well as the specifics of where and how it will be conducted. Clinical trials are extensively regulated for both ethical and medical purposes, and each institution that offers clinical trials is required to maintain a board of representatives charged with the protection of human subjects. This board is known as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is comprised of individuals whose primary interest is the safe conduct of the trial at their institution.
DOES YORK HOSPITAL OFFER CLINICAL TRIALS?
Yes, York Hospital offers clinical trials through an affiliation with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. This relationship serves the purpose of offering additional oncology options to our patients locally, without the possible inconvenience and expense of traveling to Boston regularly. The cancer team at York Hospital has been conducting clinical trials for many years, and have an established infrastructure to ensure this continues.
LINKS TO SEARCHABLE DATABASES FOR OPEN TRIALS AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS:
LOCATIONS & CONTACT
York Hospital Cancer Care
127 Long Sands Road, York, Maine
Phone: (207) 351-3777
York Hospital in Wells Cancer Care
112-114 Sanford Road (Route 109), Wells, Maine
Building A, 2nd Floor
Phone: (207) 641-8010
York Hospital in Kittery Cancer Care
5 US Route 1 Bypass, Kittery, Maine
Phone: (207) 475-1150