Clinical trials or protocols are scientific studies that allow physicians to find new and better methods of treating cancer patients. The Clinical Trials test many new drugs, approaches to different therapies, and surgeries in order to gain more knowledge about side effects and what treatments work best. This places our physicians in a position to offer our patients the most up-to-date treatments available.
Hematology and Oncology Associates is a member of the Jefferson Cancer Network and has been recognized by them for outstanding accrual to clinical trials. This affiliation with Jefferson Cancer Center allows our physicians to have access to the most up to date clinical trials without requiring our patients to travel for this treatment. Our physicians are research oriented and remain dedicated to investigating new treatment modalities for care of the cancer patient. They attend various conferences throughout the year to stay current with new drugs, procedures, and therapies in an effort to continuously provide up-to-date services and care to our patients. By doing so, our physicians are able to offer the benefit of local care to those who might otherwise have to travel great distances from their home community in order to take advantage of the newest treatment options available. Staff in the Research Department, including an oncology certified Registered Nurse, are all dedicated to aiding the physicians in the treatment and patient care issues of our Clinical Trial participants.
Our physicians have been conducting clinical trials for over 35 years with over 400 patients registered in the last ten years alone. Not only have we been recognized by Thomas Jefferson University for our outstanding clinical trials and were awarded the“Outstanding Effort in Clinical Trial Research”, our physicians have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine for our participation in the Genentech Clinical Trial using Avastin in Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma.