Medical studies are supervised by a local physician and look at every stage of disease, from first diagnosis to advanced disease. All are designed to find, diagnose, treat or prevent cancer.
Pamela Bourbo, RN, OCN, MPH, CCRC
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Behavioral, medical and social sciences research at the GRU Cancer Center is conducted to increase understanding of important health and social problems. It's this kind of research, made possible by people who volunteer to participate in innovative studies, that leads to more effective therapies and treatments for disease, and quality-of-life improvements that impact the way we live, work and play.
Access Cancer Clinical Trials, Including Phase I Trials, in Augusta, Georgia
As an academic medical center, the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center in Augusta, GA is actively involved in cancer research for cancer patients in Georgia, South Carolina and the Southeast.
The GRU Cancer Center clinical trials office offers discovery-driven clinical treatments for adult cancer patients affected by all types of cancer: brain, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma and multiple myeloma, among others.
Clinical trials are the last step in a carefully regulated, detailed scientific process that starts in a laboratory in cells or tissue and are then tested in humans—oftentimes years later and always after strenuous review.
Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trials
Phase I cancer clinical trial studies are commonly called "first in man." Cancer patients who enroll in these trials have already tried other treatment options. These studies evaluate the dose of a drug that can be given safely without unacceptable side effects and how the drug affects the body. They involve a small number of patients with cancer.
The Georgia Regents University Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (GRU MB CCOP) is designed to increase the availability of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research to minority individuals in their own communities. Establishment of an operational base in this part of Georgia for extending cancer clinical trials and cancer prevention aims to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality in minority populations.
Types of Trials
There are four basic types of clinical trials:
Treatment trials test a new approaches to medical treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy and new medications as well as different combinations of existing treatment or new methods, such as gene therapy.
Prevention trials seek to stop cancer from ever developing through the use of preventive vitamins, minerals or medications.
Screening trials are aimed at finding cancer earlier through imaging or blood tests. The goal is to detect cancers in early stage development when they are typically more treatable.
Quality of life/supportive care trials focus on ways of helping people with cancer deal with the complications of treatment—both mental and physical. These may include things like sexual desire or fatigue.