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More than studying, discovering.

Each of the Cancer Institute of Florida oncologists and hematologists exhibits an undeniable passion for furthering the field of cancer research and breakthroughs, as proven by their involvement in national clinical trials. Thus, all Cancer Institute of Florida patients have access to clinical trials through the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute research studies. Many patients find that clinical trials are the best treatment options for their particular physical and psychological needs. Though the specific outcome is all too often, completely unknown, clinical trials provide an unparalleled brand of hope and assistance to medical advancements that most other treatment options simply can't.

Exploring the benefits of clinical trials

Clinical Trials and Cancer Research
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. It is designed to show how a particular anticancer strategy a promising drug, a gene therapy treatment, a new diagnostic test or a possible way to prevent cancer; affect the people who receive it.

The doctors here at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute use clinical trials to answer scientific questions and find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose and treat cancer. Clinical trials are the best way for our doctors to learn what cancer treatment works best.

Each trial offers its own opportunities and risks, but many people find that all clinical trials offer these benefits in common:

  • Health care provided by leading physicians in the field of cancer research
  • Access to new drugs and interventions before they are widely available
  • Close monitoring of health care and any side effects
  • A more active role in the patient's personal health care
  • If the approach being studied is found to be helpful, the patient may be among the first to benefit
  • An opportunity to make a valuable contribution to cancer research

FHCI receives honors for improving care through clinical trials

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is one of the most active clinical trial sites in the state. Founded in 1989, the Clinical Research Center team participates in more than 175 clinical trials each year for all types of cancer. These trials are furnished through many prestigious organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center, the UCLA Community Oncology Research Network and various pharmaceutical companies. Often, FHCI is the only facility in the Southeast offering such trials.

And in 2006, FHCI was one of only 12 community oncology programs in the United States to receive honors from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, recognizing their commitment to improving care for cancer patients through increased participation in clinical trials.

To learn more about clinical trials, to determine eligibility or to view a list of current, open clinical trials, call a FHCI Care Coordinator at (407) 303-5999.

View current clinical trials at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.