Clinical trials at the Comprehensive Cancer Center
Through our clinical trial program, we are able to offer you access to the latest treatments and medications, many of which are generally offered only at large urban or academic medical centers. Community Hospital offers clinical trials as an affiliate member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group through a partnership with Stanford Medical Center. Clinical trials are important because new treatments must be demonstrated to be safe and effective in carefully developed and closely monitored studies before they can be made widely available.
Approval of clinical trials at Community Hospital
The clinical trials available at Community Hospital tend to focus on the final stages of proving the superiority of a new treatment. The initial steps of defining the side effects and recommended doses for the new medicines and techniques under study have already been established at an academic center specializing in early drug trials. Our trials represent the final and definitive step in proving that a new treatment represents an advance over the current best therapy.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of clinical study participants in accordance to federal and state regulations. The IRB consists of scientific and nonscientific volunteers from the hospital and community with expertise in many fields ranging from medicine to theology. The IRB reviews research studies from a layperson's perspective to determine whether the clinical study documents are complete and understandable to the prospective participant. Learn more.
Participation in clinical trials
The requirements for participation in a clinical trial vary based on the specific objectives for each trial, and it is important that participants fit the guidelines. If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, be sure to let your doctor know.
What to expect
Each clinical trial is different, and your doctor will let you know what to expect during your participation. The following are a few things to keep in mind if you choose to participate in a clinical trial:
- Clinical trials generally have very specific protocols that must be followed closely. The protocol may require more of your time and attention than would non-trial treatment.
- You will be allowed to withdraw your participation in the trial at any time.
Benefits of participation
By participating in a clinical trial you will be able to gain access to promising new treatments before they are made widely available. Additionally, you will be helping others by contributing to medical research that will benefit other patients for years to come.