Clinical trials are research studies that test new drugs, devices, or dosing schedules prior to their wide availability. These trials provide a mechanism to often receive novel therapies and to obtain care under a strict set of guidelines that are defined by the trial. Clinical trials are appropriate at all stages of treatment for cancer as we are always searching for better therapies to treat this disease.
Phases of Clinical Trials
Development of new cancer drugs and treatment strategies occurs in four phases. The phase of the trial depends on the questions that the doctors are trying to answer – such as its risks, safety and effectiveness compared to standard therapy.
Your Clinical Research Team
West Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials team is comprised of more than 40 highly-trained professional research personnel specializing in the coordination, management, facilitation and monitoring of clinical trial participants. Patients participating in clinical trials can expect a supportive, compassionate environment combined with unparalleled expertise in the research sector.
Ari VanderWalde, MD, MPH
Director of Research
Daniel Vaena, MD
Director of Phase I Research
Axel Grothey, MD
Director of GI Malignancy Research
Gregory Vidal, MD, PhD
Director of Breast Cancer Research
Jason Porter, MD
Director of Lung Cancer Research
Jason Chandler, MD
Director of Research for Hematology Malignancies
Noam VanderWalde, MD, MS
Director of Radiation Oncology Research