Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
Cancer treatment is constantly evolving. Researchers continue to uncover new information about different types of cancer development — and what might stop them. At BJC HealthCare and Siteman Cancer Center, our doctors actively participate in cutting-edge cancer research and clinical trials
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Siteman Cancer Center and the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center are two programs accessible through BJC HealthCare. Our doctors are consistently on the forefront of new discoveries in cancer diagnosis and treatment. This gives you access to the most advanced care possible. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, a clinical trial may provide the opportunity to receive groundbreaking therapies not yet widely available.
When you to come to BJC for a cancer clinical trial, you can expect:
- Nationally recognized expertise: Our partnership with Siteman Cancer Center means access to superior care close to home. Siteman is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- Emphasis on safety: Every cancer treatment comes with some risks, and trials of new treatments are no exception. During a clinical trial, we’ll monitor you closely to help keep you safe and ensure you are receiving the most effective treatment.
- Expert guidance: We understand that you may have concerns about trying a new treatment. At BJC, you are an active participant in all treatment decisions. If you are a candidate for a clinical trial, your doctor will carefully explain your options. Together, you’ll decide if participating in a clinical trial is the right choice for you.
- Opportunity to advance cancer treatment: The information researchers get from cancer clinical trials helps improve their understanding of the disease. Your participation can help pave the way for even better, more effective cancer care.
- The support you need throughout treatment: Whether you receive our exceptional standard care or join a clinical trial, we provide supportive care to help manage side effects and improve your emotional well-being
After researchers uncover a discovery that might advance cancer care, they need to test it. New discoveries go through many stages of testing. When a drug or other therapy is ready for its final stage of testing with people, it’s called a clinical trial.
Clinical trials occur in four phases. In the early phases (phase 1 and 2), doctors test a new drug or therapy to determine the best dose, side effects it creates and how safe and effective it is.
Phase 3 usually tests the new treatment against a current standard treatment to see which is more effective. Phase 4 analyzes a treatment’s long-term safety and effectiveness. That typically takes place after the treatment is already proven effective and has been approved for widespread use.
Many people think that cancer clinical trials are just for people with advanced-stage disease. Or, some may think that you would only try a clinical trial if all other treatment options have stopped working. Neither is true.
At BJC, we offer access to clinical trials for people with all types and stages of cancer. You may even be able to join a trial that’s testing new methods for cancer screening. Or one focused on managing the side effects of cancer treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about joining a clinical trial, talk to your doctor. You can also search the list of clinical trials we currently have available in partnership with Siteman Cancer Center.