Nov 14, 2017 9:05 AM


All cancer treatments and medications that are used today, at one point, were clinical trials. Clinical trials can offer hope, particularly in a complex disease like cancer. But getting access to clinical trials can be difficult, especially if patients have to travel a long distance to a hospital that offers trials. Rigorous reporting and monitoring requirements for administering trials mean clinical trials are often only available at major medical centers. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) is opening several clinical trials to cancer patients at the South Jordan Health Center, and the recently-opened Farmington Health Center.    

“HCI is pleased to be working with our community clinics to bring clinical trials offered at Huntsman Cancer Institute to patients all across the Salt Lake Valley,” said Theresa Werner, MD, medical director of HCI’s Clinical Trials Office and associate professor of medicine at the U of U. “Expanding clinical trials to surrounding treatment facilities means opening up more accessible treatment options for our patients, all while identifying better ways to treat cancer.”

The trials being offered at these facilities are available through HCI’s role in the National Cancer Institute National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). This is part of the National Cancer Institute’s efforts to promote clinical cancer research to improve cancer care and cancer prevention strategies. The NCTN helps to both promote clinical trials in academic institutions as well as the community, and also helps train the next generation of clinical researchers to conduct trials.

The trials offered at South Jordan and Farmington will be a subset of those offered at HCI’s main location in Salt Lake City, which offers about 200 clinical trials at any given time. To learn more about clinical trials that HCI offers, please visit: http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/clinical-trials/

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