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The Cancer Care Center

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The Cancer Care Center

Cancer clinical trials and research

Clinical trials and research is essential to the prevention and treatment of cancer. Cancer clinical studies test how well new medical treatments work in comparison with the existing gold standard of care. At St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center, we participate in National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical research protocols that provide the latest and most innovative cancer treatments available today.

Clinical studies

At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, our patients have the opportunity to be considered for cutting-edge clinical trials and research studies offered conveniently close to home. By taking part in these clinical studies, our patients receive comprehensive, compassionate care and benefit from new cancer drugs and cancer treatment options that sometimes are only available to them in a clinical study. Many of our cancer study patients are followed 10+ years, providing them with continued assistance well into the future.

All research studies are reviewed by St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) which has been granted the endorsement of the Federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Enrolling in a cancer clinical research study

Our senior clinical research coordinator routinely identifies patients who could benefit from joining a cancer clinical research study. The patient’s physician then determines whether it is in the patient’s best interest to participate. However, enrolling in a cancer clinical research study is not right for every person. Deciding to participate is a personal decision between the doctor, the patient, and their family. For many types of cancer, a clinical study is a patient’s best chance for survival. Sometimes the worse the cancer diagnosis is, the fewer treatment options available. Cancer clinical trials and studies can offer the best hope for a better tomorrow.

Once you are enrolled in the cancer study, our research team will follow you through the study. Sometimes patients are followed for 10 years or more after a study ends. We provide research data to the cooperative groups who run the NCI endorsed clinical trials, and your privacy is protected under federal law.

Contact us:

To learn more about clinical trials, please contact the Cancer Care Center Clinical Research Coordinator at 314-525-4928.


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For information about St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center - St. Louis, please call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

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