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Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials broaden the treatment options for Centra's patients by allowing them to receive new tests or treatments along with the current standard of care.
Caregiver in Lynchburg General Hospital's laboratory doing research

What is clinical research?

Clinical trials help to move basic scientific research from the laboratory into treatments for patients. They test many types of treatment which may include new medications, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, and new combinations of treatments. By evaluating the results of these trials, we can find better treatments and ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer for everyone.

Dr. Researching on a laptop with a stethoscope on the table

Clinical trial safety

To help protect patients and produce sound results, research is carried out according to strict scientific and ethical principles, including those outlined in the Federal Code of Regulations related to clinical trials. Locally, the internal Centra Institutional Review Board (IRB), which includes doctors, nurses, and lay people from the community, carefully evaluate every study before any patient is enrolled and perform mandated reviews throughout the life of the study. The research team consisting of the medical monitors, principal investigator, oncologist, advance practice research nurse, and others helps ensure the patients' safety during the trial.

Caregiver sitting down talking with a young female patient

Am I eligible?

If you are eligible for a clinical trial, your oncologist will refer you to our Clinical Trials Coordinators or they will reach out to you following an initial screening. Our Clinical Trials Coordinators can answer questions about current clinical trials being offered at the Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center.

Contact our Clinical Trials Team at 434.200.1495