A clinical trial is a research study designed to answer specific
questions about ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and/or treat an
illness. Participants may include either healthy individuals or those
with a disease, depending upon the nature of the study.
Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary. Following a thorough
explanation of the risks and benefits of the study, informed consent is
obtained in writing. Even so, a participant in a clinical trial may
withdraw from the study at any time without prejudicing his or her
subsequent medical care in any way.
Cancer clinical trials allow physicians to evaluate new approaches to
cancer treatment. This may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
therapy, biologic therapy or a combination of these modalities. Methods
of prevention, detection and diagnosis also may be the subject of a
Main Line Health's CCOP: Cancer Clinical Trials Program
More than 80 percent of patients with cancer are diagnosed and treated
in their local communities. In 1983 the National Cancer Institute began
the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) so that these individuals
could benefit from the latest developments in cancer research.
Community hospitals throughout the country compete for CCOP federally
funded awards. Since 1994 the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital in the
Philadelphia suburbs has been part of the Main Line Health CCOP (along
with the cancer programs at Bryn Mawr and Lankenau Medical Centers). The
Main Line Health CCOP serves nearly one million people in an area
extending from northwest Philadelphia into Montgomery, Delaware and
Chester counties. Through the CCOP, area residents have access to
nationally recognized cancer prevention and cancer treatment clinical
trials right in their own community.
The Main Line Health CCOP is also affiliated with seven nationally and
internationally known research organizations:
Through these organizations, the Main Line Health CCOP offers innovative
cancer prevention trials as well as state-of-the-art cancer treatment
Although clinical research trials have provided the answers to many
questions about how to treat and/or prevent cancer, only two to three
percent of all adult cancer patients take part in clinical trials. With
clinical trials available to the community through the CCOPs, community
members have the opportunity to join the war against cancer. Through
their increased willingness to participate in clinical research trials,
critical questions about cancer will be answered.
Current Clinical Trials
For a list of current Main Line Health clinical trials, click
Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital
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Paoli, PA 19301
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