Clinical trials involve the study of new, innovative treatments or strategies that may lead to prevention, earlier detection, better treatments or cures for conditions such as cancer. These studies are an essential step in determining the safety and efficacy of any new treatment, which is a requirement for Food and Drug Administration approval. In fact, all of today’s advanced cancer treatment options, tests and potential cures are only available because of the participation of clinical trial volunteers.

The cancer team at Adventist HealthCare recognizes the important role that clinical trials play in treating cancer. The expert on-site research team includes physicians and clinical research nurses as well as research associates and assistants. At the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville and at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, patients and staff are involved with more than 65 studies each year. In 2015, the cancer team enrolled participants in clinical research trials for 12 types of cancer.

By participating in Adventist’s state-of-the-art clinical trials, patients receive access to promising new treatment options that would otherwise not be available. Adventist HealthCare is committed to bringing patients the latest in cancer research through groundbreaking clinical trials. In addition, the Adventist team recognizes and appreciates the invaluable contribution of clinical trial participants in cancer research and treatment efforts.