Cancer patients who previously wanted to participate in a clinical cancer treatment protocol would have had to travel to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus or Maryland to be evaluated and treated by a major university medical center. The clinical research protocols are experimental treatments that are considered to be at least as effective as standard therapy and may prove to be more effective than current treatments. Affiliations of the Schiffler Cancer Center now allow patients to receive the same treatment and care but closer to home in Wheeling.
University of Washington (Seattle)/Schiffler Cancer Center Clinical Trails
Together with the University of Washington, the Schiffler Cancer Center is performing the following clinical trials:
- "High versus Low Dose Supplemental External Radiation with PD-103 for Prostate Cancer"
- Dose De-escalation
- High risk prostate cancer with and without androgen deprivation therapy
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
The Schiffler Cancer Center has been granted membership in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) as a result of the center's relationship with Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Wheeling Hospital is presently the only hospital in West Virginia designated as a RTOG member.
RTOG is a national cooperative research organization under the auspices of the American College of Radiology. RTOG conducts multi-center clinical trials which integrate surgical, radiotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic treatments with an emphasis on enhancing local-regional tumor control to improve cancer treatment outcomes.
Patients who will benefit from this program are those who want to participate in clinical research studies in prostate, bladder, brain, head and neck, lung, esophagus, gastrointestinal, breast and gynecological malignancies. These studies help us in furthering our understanding of the natural history, treatment and prognosis of such malignancies.
Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)
The Schiffler Cancer Center has been granted membership in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) through the center's relationship with the West Virginia University Medical Center. The GOG is a national organization dedicated to clinical research in the field of gynecologic cancer. To promote this mission, GOG receives support from the National Cancer in Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), representing the parent organization for GOG. Gynecological malignancy studies by GOG have been instrumental in furthering the understanding of the natural history, treatment and prognosis of such malignancies.