Cancer Center

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Oncology Research

Augusta Health Cancer Center, with its affiliation with Duke Cancer Network is committed to excellence by participating in clinical trials that evaluate all aspects of care including prevention, new drugs, treatment strategies, side-effect management and survivorship. Access to the most advanced and state-of-the-art cancer research is our top priority. We work closely with our colleagues at Duke to build a robust clinical trials program that meets our community's needs and reflects the most common types of cancers treated in this area of Virginia.

Preparing an infusion in the pharmacyOur modern clinical trials program provides advanced and up-to-date clinical trials here in Augusta County in a safe and closely monitored environment. Much of our research and cancer center staff has completed research orientation and training at Duke. Our research staff coordinates regularly with the research support team at Duke as well as participates in national and regional conferences to stay knowledgeable.

The treatment team in medical oncology and radiation therapy evaluates the eligibility of patients to participate in clinical trials. Augusta Health Cancer Center offers National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trials, innovative Duke initiated research studies, and locally developed clinical trials. Specially trained staff includes oncology research coordinators, nurses, pharmacists and support staff as well as doctors, technicians, social workers and other specialized medical professionals to monitor your health before, during and after the study.

When patients choose to participate in clinical trials they often have the opportunity to help prevent, treat or even cure future cancers, while also getting the most expert medical care. Clinical trials are strictly controlled and meticulously documented. Participation is completely voluntary and eligibility is determined by a range of factors, to include the trial's parameters, the type and stage of the cancer, and other physical and medical conditions. By choosing to join this important investigational process, patients become part of something larger than themselves. They are able to contribute positively by participating in research that has the potential to inspire and improve future treatment options.

Survivorship, Follow-up and Supportive Services

Our research approach is interdisciplinary and in the spring of 2015, Augusta Health was invited to participate in a national trial conducted by George Washington University to evaluate and improve patient care delivery for cancer survivors post treatment. A total of 30 survivors of breast, prostate and colorectal cancers were enrolled in the six month study. Survivors provided feedback about what quality survivorship care should look like by identifying what services they believed were most important. Results from the trial will be available in 2017 and will be used to modify and improve Augusta Health's support services.