A clinical trial is a test or study of a drug or medical device in people. These studies are done to see whether the drug or device is safe and effective for people to use. Scott & White's involvement in cancer research and clinical trials enhances the excellent health care we've been providing for more than a 100 years.
Scott & White is Part of a Cancer-Fighting Network
Scott & White is an active participant in the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), a network for conducting cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials by community physicians.
Through this network, for example, Scott & White has partnered with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest cooperative children’s cancer research entity. COG brings together treatment centers, physicians, laboratory scientists, and others working to beat cancer in children, adolescents and young adults.
Scott & White Clinical Trials
Scott & White is on the national forefront of advancing new treatments for cancer. We sponsor our own clinical trials through the Scott & White Cancer Institute and the Scott & White Cancer Research Institute. We also co-sponsor clinical trials with other organizations.
From Scott & White's state-of-the-art facilities, our highly experienced team of scientists is devoted to finding effective cancer therapies quickly and cost-effectively.
Industry Clinical Trials
Scott & White participates in clinical trials funded by pharmaceutical and biotech companies as part of their research and development programs for new cancer drugs.
“Sometimes pharmaceutical involvement has a negative connotation, but ironically, in oncology a lot of drug development is done by private industry because the federal government doesn’t have the money anymore. But these clinical trials are regulated by the federal government,” says Lucas Wong, MD, Medical Oncology.
Cooperative Group Clinical Trials
Scott & White participates in large-scale clinical trials designed to study cancer drugs that have already shown promising results. These clinical trials are typically sponsored by an organization like the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
Through the combined the efforts of researchers, cancer centers, community physicians and volunteers from around the country and abroad, cooperative group trials accelerate research into drugs for cancer prevention, control and treatment.
The 4 Phases of Clinical Trial Research
Phase I trials are highly experimental. They’re used at the earliest clinical stages of a drug, studying its safety, tolerability, dose and effectability.
Phase II trials determine which cancer types the drug responds to best.
Phase III trials measure the drug against standards of care, assessing which drug is superior.
Phase IV trials determine the best dosage amounts for the drug.
Scott & White is aggressively involved in Phase I, II and III trials. That’s something unique in our institution. If you’re participating in a clinical trial, you’re getting access to the newest agents and the most up-to-date care.
Scott & White physicians, health professionals and other researchers run the tests and studies according to strict rules set by the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For more information, see What is a Clinical Trial? in the Research section of our website.