National clinical trials – here at home
Based at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, Cancer Research of Kansas is a member of the National Clinical Trials Network system. The program recruits participants for investigational studies designed to determine new ways to treat, prevent, detect, diagnose and control cancer. Patients also are offered opportunities to join other studies looking at the psychological impact of cancer and ways to improve quality of life for cancer patients.
Care close to home
Through relationships with the nation's leading cancer hospitals, cancer centers and participating physicians nationwide, Cancer Research of Kansas offers patients the most current cancer research in detection, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control and quality of life.
And you don't have to travel far from home and family to receive that high-quality care.
When a new cancer procedure or treatment is found, clinical trials are conducted to determine their effectiveness. When you participate in a treatment or cancer control clinical trial, you may have the opportunity to receive a new drug or drug combination.
The hope is that the new treatments will be an improvement over the therapy currently accepted as the standard for your cancer care. With participation in cancer clinical trials, you are assured you will receive the best possible care.
Currently, Cancer Research of Kansas is conducting trials targeting the following types of cancers::
- Bone marrow transplant: lymphoma, myeloma
- Brain: malignant gliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma
- Breast: DCIS, preoperative chemotherapy followed by surgery,
- Stage I, II, III and IV
- Cancer control: Studies for prevention of cancer and to manage symptoms such as weight loss, nausea, fatigue, pain control
- Gastrointestinal: colorectal, esophagus, pancreas, stomach
- Gynecology: cervical, ovarian, endometrial
- Head and Neck: cancer of larynx, oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx
- Leukemia: ALL, AML, CLL, APL, cytogenetics
- Lung: non-small cell and small cell, Mesothelioma
- Lymphoma: non-Hodgkin's, Mantle cell, Hodgkin's, gastric malt, CNS lymphoma
- Melanoma: adjuvant, metastatic
- Multiple myeloma: Waldenstrom's & Multiple Myeloma
- Sarcoma: soft tissue
- Urinary: bladder, prostate, renal
How to decide if a clinical trial is right for you
If you’re considering participation in a clinical trial, a Cancer Research of Kansas nurse can help. This nurse, who is specially trained in clinical trial research, will explain the trial to you in detail and provide a consent form for you to read and sign. Informed consent is key to any good trial and means you have been provided the information you need and want to decide whether to take part in it. This includes what the trial involves and its potential benefits and risks.
We encourage you to share and discuss this information with your family or a trusted friend before making a decision about participating in a trial.
If you decide to participate in a trial, you will need to sign and return the consent form. You will receive a final copy of this form signed by all parties in order to review the study plan. Once you decide to participate, your Cancer Research of Kansas nurse will:
- Arrange further testing, as needed, and communicate with your physicians and other medical staff regarding your treatment.
- Schedule and arrange treatments and tests needed as you continue with the clinical trial.
- Maintain communication with you, your physician, national experts conducting the study in which you are participating and, as needed, other staff involved in your care.