Research and Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are research studies conducted by physicians and their
collaborators to determine the safety and effectiveness of new drugs,
medical devices and clinical techniques.
With a highly experienced team of research professionals, Mary Washington
Healthcare (MWHC) has been participating in clinical trials for over a
decade. MWHC began research and clinical trials with area cardiologists
in 2001 and later expanded to cancer trials in 2007. MWHC Regional Cancer
Center is now a VCU Massey Cancer Center Clinical Research Affiliate.
Clinical trials at Mary Washington Healthcare
Hundreds of community members have participated in MWHC clinical trials.
We typically enroll patients to compare new medicine or devices with what
is currently being prescribed as the standard of care. Some of our clinical
trials are small, involving less than a dozen patients. Others are part
of multi-center studies involving thousands of patients and large pharmaceutical
companies. Several of the studies we've particpated in have gained
FDA approval and led to breakthroughs for medical community.
What kinds of things are tested in clinical trials?
National Institutes of Health (NIH) classifies clinical trials into five types and MWHC has several of these
currently in the enrollment or investigation phase:
Prevention trials – investigating ways to prevent people from getting a disease or
having it return
Screening trials – finding the most effective ways to detect disease
Diagnostic trials – searching for better ways to diagnose a disease
Treatment trials – testing new treatments, such as new medicines, new surgical techniques
and new radiation therapies
Quality of life trials – seeking ways to improve the quality of life for people who have diseases
What clinical trials are available to our patients and community?
Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) offers patients and community members
the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Currently, MWHC patients
and community members are participating in more than a dozen trials that
could have a profound impact on cancer treatment and cardiovascular care
in the future.
What physicians are conducting clinical trials?
For more information about participating in a MWHC clinical trials, call
email the clinical research team.