Research Clinical Trials
Clinical trials, also called research trials, are studies conducted to evaluate a new drug, a new combination of drugs, or new delivery protocols. These studies are designed to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to treat cancer patients.
Hematology & Oncology Associates of RI is involved in clinical trials on an ongoing basis. This involvement keeps our physicians abreast of the latest developments in cancer drugs and treatment protocols. We encourage many of our patients to take advantage of new treatment protocols or participate in clinical trials which we offer.
We are approved, active participants in many oncology programs including:
- AMGEN - Unresectable stage IIIB with pericardial or pleural effusion or stage IV or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer to determine if treatment with AMG 706 in combo with Paclitaxel and Carboplatinimproves overall survival compared to placebo in combo with Paclitaxel and Carboplatin.
- ACORN - The impact of ethnic origin on patients being treated for second line advanced NSCLC w/ Alimta given in routine clinical practice.
- ACORN - Patient Financial Resources to Pay for Cancer Chemotherapy survey.
Every patient must be evaluated before they can participate in a clinical trial. If you are found to be eligible, the study will be explained to you in detail and you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will be monitored closely both during treatment and after the study is completed.
Many patients are concerned about the cost of treatment on clinical trials. Some drugs are provided free-of-charge by the study. Lab, x-rays and other tests are not. However, these tests are part of any standard treatment plan and are often paid for by health insurance. Tests that are not part of a standard evaluation are usually paid for by the clinical trial.
Hematology & Oncology Associates of Rhode Island is currently participating in a variety of clinical trials including those listed below. Please contact us for more information on these and other trials.
- Kent County Hospital Trials
- Rhode Island Hospital Trials - please ask your doctor about trials that are available to our practice through RI Hospital