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Research & Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that require patient participation. These studies can expand treatment options by providing access to the most promising therapies and advanced technologies. In fact, today's standard treatments were made possible because of knowledge gained from past clinical trials.

At Summa, we work to create an environment focused on patient-centered care. The decision to participate in a clinical trial is always up to you.

Clinical Trials - What Can I Expect?

Clinical trials, also called research studies, test new treatments in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, or new combinations of treatments.

Clinical trials are important in two ways. Clinical trials contribute to knowledge and progress against cancer. If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a new standard treatment that can help many patients. Many of today’s most effective standard treatments are based on previous study results. Clinical trials also answer important scientific questions and suggest future research directions. Because of progress made through clinical trials, many people treated for cancer are now living longer.

Secondly, patients who take part in a clinical trial may be helped personally by the treatment they receive. They get up-to-date care from cancer experts and they receive either a new treatment being tested or the best available standard treatment for their cancer. There is no guarantee that a new treatment being tested or a standard treatment will produce good results. New treatments also may have unknown risks. If a new treatment proves effective or more effective than standard treatment, study patients who receive it may be among the first to benefit. Some patients receive standard treatment and benefit from it as well.

Many patients often choose to receive their first treatment in a clinical trial.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

The National Institutes of Health have a nice description of clinical trials and why people participate in them. They also provide a list of definitions of words used by health care professionals. 

Learn more about NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.


The National Cancer Institute website for patients and caregivers considering a clinical trial.  Learn more about Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers.

The American Cancer Society provides information on Support and Treatment for Cancer.


Center Watch provides information on available clinical trials as well as health and educational resources about the trials.  For more information, read the Overview of Clinical Trials.

The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups also provides information on clinical trials for patients with cancer.  This site provide information on the cooperative groups that make clinical trials available. 

Open Clinical Trials at Summa

Summa Health offers patients the option of enrolling in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer.  These clinical trials offer patients state of the art care and potential access to the newest treatments. 

View cancer trials available at Summa on


Clinical trials are also available at the Summa Center for Clinical Trials. 


Talk to your doctor about the possibility of enrolling in a clinical trial here at Summa.


For more information, please email or call 330.375.4221