St. Joseph Hospital is among Orange County's most active community hospitals that participate in clinical trials. Continued advances in cancer care and prevention are the direct result of participation in clinical trials. National evidence from a wide range of studies suggests that cancer patients diagnosed and treated in a setting of multi-specialty care and clinical research live longer and have a better quality of life.
The Cancer Research Program at St. Joseph Hospital is a comprehensive program comprised of full-time research professionals who review potential trials for future St. Joseph Hospital patients, as well as implement new trials.
Our Center is actively involved in conducting advanced cutting edge cancer research that is transforming the future of cancer care, such as our vaccine trials for brain tumors.
Our partnership with the National Cancer Institute, as well as academic, industry and pharmaceutical research programs, enables our patients to participate in the most advanced clinical and research trials right here in Orange County, close to home, eliminating the burden of traveling. Participation in clinical trials gives cancer patients access to the newest medications, technologies and procedures frequently not available elsewhere. Members of our multidisciplinary program teams work together to provide trial participants with real-time, evidence-based care.
Our partners in research include:
- NRG Oncology - Supported by NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). Comprised of National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) - Clinical Trials Cooperative Group
- Access to many NCI sponsored trials through The Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU)
- Academic Centers - The Cleveland Clinic, City of Hope, Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan
- Kettering Cancer Center
- Pharmaceutical, medical devise, and laboratory sponsored trials