Clinical Trials

St. Rita’s Medical Center participates in clinical research trials for cancer treatment in cooperation with the network of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). St. Rita's Clinical Research program is an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a leading cancer treatment and research center. Clinical trials can be defined as cancer treatments still in research. By allowing cancer patients to receive these treatments, researchers are discovering new and more effective methods of treatment. Advances in cancer treatment have been a direct result of the knowledge obtained from these clinical trials. If a new treatment proves to be more effective than what was previously used, then it may become the standard treatment applied to all cancer patients.

To the patient, participating in a clinical trial means they will receive carefully monitored cancer treatment. Many clinical trial patients enjoy the benefit of knowing in advance exactly how their course of treatment will progress. Other patients feel good knowing they are helping people in the future who may receive the same kind of treatment. Further participating in a clinical research trial can give patients an opportunity to try new treatments before they are widely available to the public.

Patients participating in a clinical trial are closely monitored throughout their treatment and their participation is completely voluntary. Patients participating in clinical trials may withdraw from the program at any time for any reason. Each patient is thoroughly informed of their rights before they consent to participate in the trial.

Clinical Trial Staff

The clinical trial staff at St. Rita’s Medical Center includes a practicing medical oncology/hematology physician who serves as the principal investigator for E.C.O.G. St. Rita’s clinical trial staff also employs two clinical research coordinators who understands the unique needs of the patient and works closely with the physician and the patients who are eligible to participate in clinical trials. The coordinator register the patient with ECOG and then educates them about their precise treatment plan as well as monitors their daily progress throughout treatment.

Participating in a Clinical Trial

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, it is important to first consult with your physician. Your physician can help you determine what is best for you.

The center can provide patients with information about what studies St. Rita’s is actively participating in and make the appropriate appointments necessary to determine if you are eligible.