Hawaii Cancer Care, a leading cancer treatment center within the Hawaiian Islands, is now providing cutting-edge cancer clinical trial programs through Innovation Clinical Research of the Pacific. Cancer clinical trials are designed to answer specific health questions and are the safest and most effective way to study new cancer diagnosis and treatment methods, help cancer survivors with their needs, and study new ways to prevent cancer. Participation by patient volunteers helps makes these breakthroughs possible.
Our cancer clinical trials in Hawaii are monitored very closely by our team of research doctors and oncology experts. Clinical trial participants are treated with the upmost respect and are never left to feel like “guinea pigs”. In fact, patients in a clinical trial typically receive more attention because of extra doctor visits to ensure patient safety and well-being during the trial.
Innovation Clinical Research of the Pacific is the cancer clinical trial division of Hawaii Cancer Care for patients seeking additional options for cancer treatment within Hawaii. By offering access to groundbreaking cancer clinical trials in Hawaii at the community level, patients will be able to continue to see doctors that they know and trust and be a key part in advancing cancer research. Participation with Innovation Clinical Research affirms Hawaii Cancer Care’s commitment to providing patients access to the most advanced treatments available in Hawaii.
We are currently seeking patients interested in a clinical trial for cancerous plasma cells.
We are currently seeking patients interested in a clinical trial for prostatic carcinoma.
We are currently seeking patients interested in a clinical trial for lung related cancer.
We are currently seeking patients interested in a clinical trial to alleviate treatment related nausea.
A cancer clinical trial, also known as cancer research studies, are research studies that involves testing new types of treatment on people in the hopes of finding new and better ways to treat cancer. Hawaiian’s with cancer are living longer today because of advancements in cancer research and successful clinical trials that took place years before. Almost all medical treatment methods and medications commonly available today are because of clinical trials. The only way to know if a promising new treatment will be safe and effective is to have clinical trials and clinical trial volunteers make that possible.
Our cancer clinical trials in Hawaii are not just limited to testing new medications. Cancer clinical trials can be designed to find new ways to detect and diagnose cancer, treat cancer, prevent cancer, or make quality of life improvements to manage symptoms and side effects from cancer treatment in cancer patients.
The types of new treatments being researched can include trying new surgical procedures or advanced chemotherapy techniques. Studies may also include trying a new combination of treatments and methods. Additionally, it may involve testing to determine if a treatment already being administered can be used to treat another form of cancer. Because of the different types of clinical trials available, clinical trials are always an option to consider when receiving cancer treatment.
The cancer clinical trials in Hawaii and those being conducted on the mainland are not all the same. There are different steps, or phases during a trial. Each phase has a specific purpose and is looking to answer different questions about the new treatment. As a potential clinical trial patient, its important to become knowledgeable about the different trial phases before you decide to participate.
This will be the first time the new drug or treatment is given to human volunteers. In this phase, doctors are determining the safety of the drug and optimizing the treatment dosage. They are also seeking the best way to give the new medication; by mouth, injection or IV drip. Additionally, the researchers are observing for and identify any side effects of the new treatment on the patient. This phase is usually limited to a small group of cancer patients.
In this phase, the new treatment is on people with a specific type of cancer to see how the cancer responds to the new treatment. The researchers might be observing if there is any effect on the cancer such as slowing cancer cell growth of any shrinking in tumor size. The safety of the patients will continue to be monitored as well observing for any side effects.
In this phase of cancer clinical trials, researchers evaluate the difference between the treatment currently used (standard treatment) versus the new treatment being studied to see which is better. In this phase, patients will be randomly assigned into groups where some patients will receive the new treatment and some will be placed in the standard treatment group (or control group). This is known as randomization. This will help researchers compare side effects and assess the benefits and risks of both treatments to see which treatment performs better. At least several hundred patients to thousands are involved and these trials can take place nationwide and around the world.
At this stage, the drug has obtained approval by the FDA and has been found to be safe and effective for people. During this phase, the drug will continue to be extensively studied and evaluated for long term effectiveness and safety over time. The costs associated with the proposed drug will also be monitored.
Before you consider joining any cancer clinical trials in Hawaii or starting any new treatment, it is always important to look at the potential benefits and risks involved. Being informed on what the treatment benefits and possible risks are will help you make the best decision for your medical situation.