El Camino Hospital is proud to offer our patients the opportunity to participate in cancer research studies, or clinical trials. We also offer National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trials, so our patients have access to the latest cancer treatments. If you are eligible to participate in a trial being held at El Camino Hospital, you can continue to receive your care right here in your community. Clinical trials also broaden the treatment options for patients.
Clinical trials are used to develop, produce, and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and therapies for diseases. Participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Clinical trials are federally regulated. At El Camino Hospital they are also reviewed by the El Camino Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose of the IRB is to protect the patient. The IRB reviews all studies for safeguards and reasonable risks in relation to potential benefits.
A clinical trial underway at El Camino Hospital combines genetic (DNA) screening and computed tomography (CT) scans of patients with a higher risk of lung cancer. Watch this video, produced by ABC-7 TV, about the REACT clinical trial.