The Schwab Family Cancer Center (SFCC) Patient Participation in Clinical Trials
Patients receiving care at the Schwab Family Cancer Center have access to clinical trials that test new treatments, investigate new ways of preventing cancer, screen patients for earlier diagnosis, and monitor the quality of life and/or psychological impact of cancer.
The SFCC is a member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) under the affiliation of the University of Pittsburgh. Membership in the ECOG provides not only more opportunities for our patients to participate in clinical trials but allows them to stay in Cumberland while participating.
In the past year, 74 patients were enrolled in studies here at WMHS and 23 of those are participating in studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute through our affiliation with ECOG. These ECOG studies include treatment trials for a variety of solid tumors and lymphomas, as well as prevention studies for colon and breast cancer.
The remaining patients were enrolled in a variety of industry-sponsored studies. These include diagnostic, observational, registry, and supportive care trials, as well as treatment-related trials for breast cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), polycythemia vera, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
Some of these patients were connected to other institutions that provided access to additional clinical trials. Institutions where some patients participated in studies included:
- Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, Washington, DC
- National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
- Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
- University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center, Baltimore, Maryland
- UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
How to Join a Clinical Trial
If you’re interested in improving your own care and helping to create more options for future cancer patients, let your oncologist know that you are interested in participating in a clinical trial.
Your oncologist will work with clinical trials nurses to determine what clinical trial(s) you are eligible for by reviewing information relevant to your diagnosis. Your oncologist will discuss with you the clinical trials you are eligible for so you can make the best decision for your circumstances.
Current Clinical Trials
Alternate approaches for clinical stage II or III Estrogen Receptor positive breast cancer NeoAdjuvant TrEatment (ALTERNATE) in postmenopausal women: A Phase III Study
Other Solid Tumor Studies
Our Affiliation with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
The Schwab Family Cancer Center (SFCC) participates in clinical trials with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) managed by the University of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1955, ECOG is one of the first publicly funded corporate organizations in the United States to work with multiple healthcare facilities to conduct clinical trials for cancer research.
ECOG typically works with medical centers such as the SFCC, as well as governments, universities, and similar types of cooperative groups. It works closely with the pharmaceutical industry to test new drugs to treat cancer. You can find the results of ECOG’s research in major scientific publications. Every drug currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came through a clinical trial. That is how critical clinical trials are for the advancement of cancer treatment.