Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. It is designed to show how a particular anticancer strategy - a promising drug, a gene therapy treatment, a new diagnostic test, or a possible way to prevent cancer - affects the people who receive it.
Current Clinical Trials by Diagnosis
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New Treatments Through Clinical Trials
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (FHCI) is committed to exploring every avenue possible in treating your head and neck cancer. As such, we are heavily involved in clinical trials that may offer new hope in catching the disease earlier, controlling it effectively, and perhaps, eradicating it entirely.
During your treatment at the FHCI, your physician may discuss the possibility of participating in clinical trials for head and neck cancer. If you meet the eligibility criteria and decide you want to participate in a clinical trial, you will have access to promising new treatments and procedures that others may not benefit from for years to come. Of course, clinical trials aren't for everyone and there are risks as well as benefits for participating in one. However, you can be assured that FHCI physicians adhere to the most rigorous guidelines when conducting clinical trials in head and neck cancer and they will cover every aspect of the trial with you before you begin.
Some of the head and neck cancer clinical trials conducted at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute can last years. Many involve additional tests, but these are usually provided at no additional cost to you. Again, your doctor will go over everything with you before the head and neck cancer clinical trial begins and answers all of your questions and concerns.Back to Top
Benefits of Clinical Trials
Clinical trials aren't for everyone, but if you are a good candidate for a clinical trial in head and neck cancer, you can help test the effectiveness of new generations of drugs, advances in surgery or radiation therapies and new concepts in treatment. While there are never any guarantees, should a clinical trial for head and neck cancer prove effective, you're the first one to benefit from it.
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is proud of its legacy of being one of the most active clinical trial participants in the country. Many of our partners are household names, including the National Care Institute, Duke University Medical Center, the UCLA Community Oncology Research Network and many highly regarded pharmaceutical companies. In many cases, we are the only institution in the southern United States to conduct many of these clinical trials for head and neck cancer.
Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is an affiliated member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group® (RTOG®) with University of Alabama. The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group® (RTOG®) has been a recognized leader in working to increase survival and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. RTOG is a key clinical research component of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and serves as a multi-institutional, international clinical cooperative group funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute.Back to Top
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