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Clinical Trial Information

Clinical trials are research studies that are developed, tested and evaluated by specialized researchers in cancer care. Researchers design cancer clinical trials to test new ways to prevent cancer, detect and diagnose cancer and treat cancer. Many treatments used today are the results of past clinical trials.

Wayne HealthCare has partnered with the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP) which is a non-profit organization funded by the National Cancer Institute. DCOP is a consortium of hospitals in Ohio and Indiana that provide cancer patients the opportunity to participate in national clinical trials.

Through our involvement with DCOP, we are able to provide another treatment option for all Darke County cancer patients by giving them access to these national clinical trials that offer new treatments without leaving your community.

Types of Clinical Trials

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are different types of cancer clinical trials, including:

  • Prevention trials: These are designed to test therapies that might keep cancer from developing in people who have not previously had cancer. Some cancer prevention trials are designed to test treatments that might prevent a new type of cancer from developing or keep cancer from coming back in people who have already had cancer.
  • Early detection or screening trials: These are done to evaluate ways to find cancer, especially in its early stages.
  • Treatment trials: Such trials test new therapies in people who have cancer.
  • Quality of life studies: These are done to improve comfort and quality of life for people who have cancer.
  • Behavioral studies: Such studies are done to evaluate ways of changing behaviors that cause cancer, such as tobacco use.
  • Genetic studies: These studies address how your genes affect finding, diagnosing, and treating cancer.

Ask your doctor if a clinical trial would be an appropriate treatment option for your type of cancer.