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Lutheran Medical Center

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is the final stage of a long and careful process required to bring new drugs or treatments to patients everywhere. These studies help find safe and effective approaches to disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

At some point in your treatment, a clinical trial may be a recommended next step. The advances that result from these studies help to improve the quality of cancer care for everyone.

Access to clinical trials

SCL Health monitors cancer clinical trials and offers qualified patients the opportunity to participate in those that fit their diagnostic, health and treatment history. By conducting clinical research within our cancer program, we provide patients with direct access to new and emerging science that may help to develop new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Most of the cancer treatments used today are the result of past clinical trials, and many patients benefited by having early access to these lifesaving treatments.

Collaboration between cancer specialists

If you participate in a trial, a team of medical professionals, including oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors and research coordinators, work together to provide your care and manage the rules of the study.

National group trials

We collaborate with regional research programs, such as the Colorado Cancer Research Program to gain access to National Cancer Institute (NCI) group trials. Both programs are part of the independent, not-for-profit NCI-designated Community Oncology Research Program.

Through our programs’ partnerships with regional programs like these, we can offer clinical trials for patients with many different types of cancer. In addition to national group trials, our in-house research departments provide centralized services to support investigator-initiated and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials, as well as nursing and psychosocial research projects.

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