Mar 01, 2019 8:00 AM


A cartoon of a doctor and patient discussing a clinical trial
Talk with your doctor to find out if a clinical trial is right for you.

Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of new cancer drugs and treatments. They help us find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Nearly all cancer treatments used today began with clinical trials.

At any given time, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has an average of 200 clinical trials open to cancer patients. Through clinical trials, we hope to find new ways to improve treatments and the quality of life for people with cancer.

infographic explaining phases of clinical trials

In 2018, more HCI patients enrolled in clinical trials to test treatment methods than ever before in our history (676 patients total). These are a few other recent areas of progress:

  • Patients enrolled in clinical trials based on HCI science and designed by HCI investigators made up nearly 40 percent of total accruals.

  • The Clinical Trials Office led an initiative to reduce the number of days it takes to activate a trial, resulting in a 20 percent improvement.

  • Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, MD, was named director of the Phase I clinical trials unit. Meet Dr. Garrido-Laguna in the video below.

  • New cancer immunotherapy clinical trials launched, including studies of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for blood cancer patients.

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