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Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are essential tools that help advance the care and management of patients with cancer. Arizona Center for Cancer Care is dedicated to helping patients get the best care possible and actively participates in clinical trials. To learn more about clinical trials, call the office in Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Anthem, Peoria, Fountain Hills, Wickenburg, Apache Junction, Sun City, Sun City West, Goodyear, or Tempe, Arizona, or schedule an appointment online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.


Clinical Trials Q & A

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies with human participants. The purpose of these studies is to find better ways to treat health conditions.

Arizona Center for Cancer Care is a leader in cancer treatment and participates in clinical trials to test new medications to treat cancer or relieve side effects, helping advance care and management for cancer patients.

Not all cancer patients can participate in clinical trials. However, Arizona Center for Cancer Care is proud to partner with Pinnacle Oncology for phase I clinical trials, which gives patients access to the most current treatment options. 

Arizona Center for Cancer Care is also a national site for the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), a National Institute of Health-funded cooperative research group.

What are the types of clinical trials?

There are several types of clinical trials. Most of the trials involve the study of a new drug or treatment. 

Types of clinical trials include:

Phase I trials

Phase I trials are research studies that test the newest drugs or treatments for cancer. The purpose of phase I trials is to understand the side effects of the new drug and determine the safest and most effective dose. 

Some phase I trials may combine a new drug with a standard drug or treatment.

Phase II trials

Phase II trials aim to answer the question: “How active is this drug in a particular form of cancer?” The goal of this phase is to determine whether the drug is worth further study.

Phase III trials

Phase III trials are the most advanced studies. During these trials, researchers compare the effectiveness of the new drug or treatment to the standard treatment. The results of phase III clinical trials determine whether the new drug or treatment is better than the older treatments, paving the way for FDA approval. 

Supportive care trials

Supportive care clinical trials focus on treatments that reduce the side effects of cancer care.

Who can participate in clinical trials?

Arizona Center for Cancer Care doctors determine who can participate in clinical trials after completing an informed consent session. During this session, they review the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the trial. 

After the review, if you’re interested in participating, you move on to the screening process, which includes a review of your medical records, cancer treatment, lab studies, and radiology results. Arizona Center for Cancer Care uses this information to determine if you’re a candidate for the trial.

Arizona Center for Cancer Care does its best to make clinical trials available to cancer patients. To find out more about the current clinical trials, call the nearest office or schedule a consultation online today.