Bring the Latest Research Closer to Home

Bring the Latest Research Closer to Home

Research MeritCare has been involved with clinical research for more than 20 years, but in recent years, our involvement has grown. Today, at Roger Maris Cancer Center, approximately 100 clinical trials are available at any one time. These trials give patients access to the latest in promising treatments and drugs that would otherwise not be available to them.

But clinical trials are not the only kind of research taking place here. Research may also involve finding new ways to manage side effects, conducting cancer-prevention studies or examining quality-of-life issues. A recent study at Roger Maris Cancer Center, for example, shed light on how best to support women with breast cancer who live in rural areas, away from support groups and education programs.

Most research at the Cancer Center is done in partnership with other institutions. On an ongoing basis, specialists here collaborate with major research groups across the country, including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Working together, they’re able to share knowledge and exchange information, ultimately improving care to people who have cancer — in this generation and in the generations to come.

One more aspect of research is the cancer registry. Located in the Cancer Center, this data-tracking service records and tracks each patient’s diagnosis and treatment. The information can then be used for research as well as national studies. Tracking is critical in our efforts to treat cancer successfully.

View the current research studies taking place right here at the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center.

(For more information on clinical trials and what they’re all about, visit the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Web site.)