The Essentia Health Community Cancer Research Program has been a national leader in clinical trials research for more than 35 years.
Our research is conducted using nationally recognized clinical trials, which offer cancer patients and high-risk populations opportunities to participate in research on cancer treatment and prevention. We have access to these trials through grants from the National Cancer Institute's Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
Our participation in NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) means that our oncologists have access to the very latest cancer prevention and treatment research and can use this knowledge to help patients.
Patients benefit from:
NCORP offers many of the same trials available at other leading facilities in. We run more than 100 clinical trials, including prevention, cancer control and treatment trials, which are reviewed by experts at the national level and are sponsored by either the National Cancer Institute or leading pharmaceutical companies.
Experience in clinical trials makes for better results. In 1984, the then Duluth Clinic Cancer Center pioneered cooperative group clinical trials in the Northland by joining the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) as a founding member at the invitation of Mayo Clinic now known as the Alliance.
Participants in our clinical trials can stay close to their families while receiving the best care available. Our research team also works closely with staff at Essentia Health clinics to ensure study participants receive the same treatments at all our facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
Deciding to Take Part in a Clinical Trial
When you need treatment for cancer, you may want to think about joining a clinical trial. Like all treatment options, clinical trials have possible benefits and risks. By looking closely at all options, including clinical trials, you are taking an active role in a decision that affects your life. This section has information you can use when making your decision
Covers things you should know and think about when deciding to take part in a cancer treatment clinical trial.
Part 1 of a National Cancer Institute cancer clinical trials educational video created for people who are considering participation in a trial. The video explains and answers common questions about the types of clinical trials, how they are conducted, and factors to think about when deciding whether or not to participate in a trial. The video also features actual patients who share their reasons and decisions about participating in cancer clinical trials.
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