Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has the only academic phase 1 clinical trials program in South Florida.
Before a new cancer treatment can be approved and become part of standard treatment, it must go through three different levels of evaluation called “phases.” The goal of phase 1 clinical trials is to determine the safety, early evidence, and efficacy of new treatments in patients with cancer. Phase 1 trials may help develop more treatment choices and most importantly, give hope, for hematology/oncology patients.
Phase 1 trials normally involve a small number of patients who are closely monitored by our research team. Each trial has its own risks and benefits. Participants can choose to quit a clinical trial at any time but should consult with their doctor first.
These are some of the questions that can help a potential participant decide if they will join a clinical trial at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center:
- Why is this trial being done?
- How long will I be in the trial?
- What are the possible side effects of the experimental treatment?
- What are some possible benefits?
- How will we know if the treatment is working?
- Will my insurance cover any costs?
- How could this trial affect my daily life?
- Will I have to travel long distances to be a part of this study?
- What are my other treatment options?
- We carefully screen all potential participants to determine if they are eligible for the study. This is done to be sure the study is safe for you.
The research team at Sylvester is committed to finding a cure for cancer. We are both thankful for and honored by all the courageous patients who allow us to be a part of their care.