Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

Improving cancer treatment through phase I-IV clinical trials
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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.


What Is a Clinical Trial?

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:

  • Prevent cancer.
  • Find and diagnose cancer.
  • Treat cancer.
  • Manage symptoms of cancer and side effects from treatment.

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.

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What Are the Benefits & Risks of Clinical Trials?

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:

  • New treatment that is not yet available to other people.
  • Cancer treatment that may be better than what is currently available.
  • Close attention and monitoring by medical providers.
  • Helping researchers understand a particular cancer and learn better ways to help other people with the same cancer.

Some of the potential risks of clinical trials include:

  • Patients may experience side effects.
  • The new treatment may not work for all patients.
  • The new treatment may not be as good as standard treatment.
  • Patients may need more office visits and more tests.
  • Insurance may not pay for all costs associated with participating in a clinical trial.

How Do I Find a Clinical Trial in Georgia?

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.

Contact the Northside Hospital Central Research Department by phone at 404-303-3355 or by email at [email protected].

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Cancer Research Partners and Affiliates

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 (NCORP)
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Blood Cancer Research Partnership
  • Georgia CORE
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University

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.

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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.

Learn more about Northside Hospital’s Research Program or contact our central research department at 404-303-3355 or [email protected].