Clinical Research and Trials
Clinical Trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Clinical Trials are crucial to medical advances including developing new drugs or a combination of drugs for treatment, new surgical procedures and devices, and/or new ways to improve existing treatments. The goal of a clinical trial is to determine if a new test or treatment works better than the current standard of care and is safe.
In order for new treatments for diseases to become standard of care, they need to be tested for safety and effectiveness. The Department of Research Operations has the ability to offer these treatments through our clinical trials program. Saint Clare's maintains clinical partnerships with cooperative groups, pharmaceutical companies, and industry sponsors, which allows our patients access to promising investigational medications and treatment protocols that are often not available at other facilities in New Jersey. We offer clinical trials in multiple areas of care at Saint Clare's, including oncology, radiology, urogynecology, alzheimer's disease, behavioral health and nursing.
Cancer Care Clinical Trials:
Cancer Care at Saint Clare's is affiliated with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) through Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The Cancer Center is also a member of the Cancer Trials of Support Unit (CTSU), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
Participants in research studies perform a very valuable service. However, before enrolling it is a good idea to know what is expected and what is going to take place throughout the clinical trial. Be sure to ask questions and discuss any concerns you might have with the research staff.