Clinical Research at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center
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Clinical Research

The dramatic progress that has been made in treating cancer over the past three decades has predominantly come from rigid scientific research, including the testing of new medications and procedures. These clinical trials are designed to identify new, more effective therapies. The patients who participate in these investigative studies gain access to the very latest changes in cancer care developed by the nation's foremost cancer specialists. Only after both governmental and institutional committees review new treatments will they be tested in people. This group of reviewers includes both scientists and non-scientists who concur on the potential validity of these studies.

For more information on oncology clinical trials available at Pennsylvania Hospital, visit Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates' web site. Oncology clinical trials are available through Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates, the private medical oncology practice. These include studies that are sponsored by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the AIDS Malignancy Consortium and Accelerated Clinical Oncology Research Network (ACORN). In addition, Phase I, II and II studies initiated by a number of pharmaceutical organizations are available.

Patients interested in participating in clinical research should talk with their doctors. Pennsylvania Hospital oncologists are leaders in providing patients access to these new therapeutic modalities. In addition to the clinical trials conducted at the Karnell Cancer Center patients have access to a number of other studies available at the Abramson Cancer Center.

For more information on clinical trials and why they are important to the future of cancer care visit


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