About the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah stands at the forefront of innovative cancer research and treatment. Phase 1 clinical trials are key to finding better ways to treat cancer safely and effectively.
Nearly all cancer treatments used today began as a clinical trial. The Phase 1 team at Huntsman Cancer Institute conducts clinical trials to test the safe dosages given for potential cancer treatments. As the largest Phase 1 clinical trials program offering cancer care in the Mountain West, our early phase program sets us apart from other health systems. We are committed to advancing medical knowledge and improving outcomes through our comprehensive and patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.
Making Innovation Accessible
The Phase 1 clinical trials program increases patients’ access to novel research by bringing it closer to their homes. Distance should never stand between you and the latest medical breakthroughs. As the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, we have reimagined cancer care. We serve patients throughout Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and beyond, bringing groundbreaking cancer treatments closer to you.
Expertise in First-in-Human Clinical Trials
Clinical trials in early phases (Phase 1 and Phase 2) give patients a chance to access some of the newest cancer therapies before they are widely available. Our dedicated team of cancer doctors and researchers have direct experience in first-in-human clinical trials. Our goal is to improve cancer treatment options for all through research, innovation, and discovery.
A Network of Excellence
In addition to being a world-class comprehensive cancer center, we are also an integral part of University of Utah Health—a robust health care system. Cancer treatment requires a team approach, and our patients benefit from collaboration between oncologists, surgeons, researchers, and more. We tailor your care to address your unique needs—treating you, not just the cancer.
From the Lab to the Bedside
The Phase 1 clinical trials program brings scientific discoveries to our patients through a dynamic partnership between doctors and scientists. Our researchers study how to best diagnose, treat, and cure cancer in labs right here on our campus in Salt Lake City. These discoveries benefit patients by becoming new therapies and cancer treatments. Our cancer experts are committed to offering patients the latest advancements in cancer care.
Training the Next Generation
We take pride in being a teaching institution, serving as a training ground for the next generation of doctors and researchers. Our dedication to education ensures that innovation continues on the path to a cancer-free frontier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find more answers to frequently asked questions about cancer clinical trials.
Available Clinical Trials
Patients with a variety of cancer types can take part in our Phase 1 program. Learn more about open clinical trials and eligibility.
Find a Phase 1 Clinical Trials Doctor
Phase 1 Research Care Team
Your care is tailored to you and includes a team of medical professionals in addition to your oncologist. From compassionate nurses to skilled clinical trial coordinators, your doctor works hand in hand with many dedicated experts to provide support during your treatment.
Clinical Research Nurses
Clinical research nurses (CRN) specialize in oncology and have analytical skills and expertise for the clinical trials they are working on. They explain the details about the clinical trial to the patients. CRNs work closely with the treating physician, assisting and providing care for their patients during visits in clinic. CRNs also work closely with the study team to share important information about how patients respond to the study drug and the care they are receiving.
Phase 1 Clinical Research Coordinators
Clinical research coordinators (CRC) work closely with the principal investigator (PI), the expert who is conducting the clinical trial. The CRC is a liaison between clinical staff and study staff. They ensure everyone is properly trained on the protocol for the clinical trial. CRCs screen patients to determine who might be eligible to participate and collect pertinent safety information while the patient is on trial. They have administrative duties and work closely with the sponsor to ensure proper documentation is obtained to remain complaint.
Research Data Coordinators
Research data coordinators (RDC) oversee the clinical data obtained for trials. RDCs have thorough knowledge of the clinical trial’s protocols and regulatory rules such as patient treatment procedures, reactions to therapy, lab procedures, and results. They specialize in information gathering and share findings with study sponsors, PIs, and regulatory authorities.
Clinical Trials Navigator
Navigators assist the patient by explaining complex clinical trial protocols and health care systems. This role is focused on helping clinical trial patients by establishing and maintaining communication between their health care teams. They can work out eligibility concerns and offer essential information to patients when they face important choices about their treatment and care.
Clinical Research Program Manager
The clinical research program manager oversees the clinical research study team. They work closely with all PIs, sub-investigators, and study staff to ensure the protocols are being followed. Program managers also focus on maintaining patient safety, providing quality care, collecting needed documents, and communicating with other program managers and leadership.