Northside Hospital Cancer Institute's (NHCI) Cancer Research Program is one of the largest community-based oncology/hematology programs in the nation and is one of the few cancer research programs in the country offering Phase I-IV clinical trials.
Northside Hospital is committed to offering the latest in cancer research, breakthrough procedures, technologies and treatments through collaborations with some of the most respected cancer research institutions and programs in the country. Across the NHCI network, experienced oncologists, surgeons and radiologists offer patient access to promising clinical trials within their own communities.
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Through clinical trials, doctors find new ways to improve treatments and the quality of life for people with cancer. Researchers design cancer clinical trials to test new ways to:
Through clinical trials, doctors determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. Clinical trials also help us find new ways to prevent and detect cancer and improve the quality of life for people during and after treatment. When patients participate in a clinical trial, they add to our knowledge about cancer and help improve cancer care for future patients.
For patients diagnosed with cancer, a clinical trial may be an option.
Enrolling in a clinical trial may help a patient get treatment that can help fight their cancer. Patients enrolled in clinical trials help others to learn more about their cancer, as well as new tests or treatments. There are several things to consider before enrolling in a trial.
The decision to join a clinical trial is a personal one. It is a decision a cancer patient has to make based on their values, goals and expectations - there are benefits and risks when joining a clinical trial.
Some of the benefits of clinical trials include:
Some of the potential risks of clinical trials include:
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers cancer patients access to exclusive clinical trials throughout Georgia and in communities outside of a traditional university or research setting.
Patients should talk to their doctors to see if a clinical trial is available and is an appropriate cancer treatment for their particular cancer type. Northside Hospital research staff can also provide advice and guidance on determining whether or not enrolling in a clinical trial is appropriate for individual patients.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute collaborates with some of the most respected and renowned cancer research institutions in the country, including:
National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program
In 2014, Northside Hospital was awarded a grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as a member of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), to implement a new cancer research program that aims to reach more Georgians in their own cities and towns, ensuring they have access to the best possible patient care. Through the Georgia NCORP partnership, patients with cancer or increased risks of cancer in Georgia have access to National Cancer Institute-funded clinical trials through their cancer physicians at 41 participating Georgia NCORP locations throughout the state.
Through the Georgia NCORP network, community physicians are able to collaborate with the NCI Clinical Trials Network Research Bases and Lead Academic Participating Sites on the development of research studies that impact patients in their communities.