Thanks to exciting partnerships, cancer patients at University Health can have the option to take advantage of local and national cancer clinical trials and research studies. Getting involved can help improve cancer treatment for others in the future. Clinical trials can also help current patient's access new treatments that aren’t widely available yet.
National cancer research
We are a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program. We bring national cancer studies to Kansas City. These cancer clinical trials are powerful. They can change guidelines for cancer care. And they can improve the outlook for cancer patients around the world.
Our patients don't have to travel to participate. These opportunities are available in our community. For example, we have our own biospecimen repository where we store tissue and blood samples to be used in cancer research. And the Department of Oncology Research collaborates with the Masonic Cancer Alliance and the University of Kansas Health System.
Local cancer clinical trials
The Richard & Annette Bloch Cancer Center at University Health is home to dedicated cancer specialists. In addition to treating patients, many of these providers also conduct cancer research. Our patients get the opportunity to take part in this research if they wish.
We are proud to be a Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA) Clinical Research Partner. Because of this partnership, University Health will have access to cutting-edge clinical trials and treatment protocols.
The MCA is a membership-based organization that brings cancer research, care, and support professionals together to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship in the Heartland.
Joining MCA brings several benefits to our patients with cancer. They are:
- Advances comprehensive treatment locally
- Offers multidisciplinary care for every diagnosis
- Enables immediate state-of-the-art care to patients for whom standard therapy has failed
- Improves access to cancer screening and prevention
- Provides survivorship resources
Find a cancer clinical trial
Volunteer opportunities vary. They depend on the type of cancer you have and what clinical trials are recruiting right now.
At the Cancer Center, our patients get personalized support. Our patient navigators and nurse care managers coordinate services. They also let new patients know what cancer research opportunities may be available.
You're welcome to ask about cancer clinical trials at any time. Our certified clinical research coordinators can help you find the cancer studies that might be a good fit. Call 816.404.4375 for more information.