Research and Clinical Trials
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are medical research studies involving medical staff and
people like you! Volunteers participate in carefully conducted studies
in an effort to help discover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose,
and understand diseases, including testing new treatments and therapies.
How do clinical trials work at Mary Washington Healthcare?
With a highly experienced team of research professionals, Mary Washington
Healthcare (MWHC) has been participating in clinical trials for over a
decade. MWHC Regional Cancer Center is a VCU Massey Cancer Center Clinical
Research Affiliate which allows our hospital to extend our patients additional
research opportunities while remaining in our community.
Many community members have participated in MWHC clinical trials. We typically
enroll patients to compare new medications, devices, or methods with current
standards of care. The information gained from clinical trials is invaluable
in helping to ensure that MWHC patients are receiving cutting edge, research-based
care. Some of our clinical trials are small, involving less than a dozen
patients, while others are much larger, involving thousands of patients.
Several of the studies we've participated in have gained FDA approval
and led to breakthroughs for the medical community.
What kinds of things are tested in clinical trials?
Clinical trials are central to medical advancement. They look at new ways
to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments may include new drugs
or drug combinations, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways
to use existing treatments. They may also include evaluation of care in
order to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
The purpose for performing trials is to evaluate if a treatment works
and is safe.
What clinical trials are available to our patients and community?
Mary Washington Healthcare offers both industry and investigator initiated
trials. Industry trials are paid for by a company and typically involve
medication or devices. Investigator initiated trials are studies designed
and conducted by physicians or our institution. These studies typically
involve processes or quality of life issues.
Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) offers patients and community members
the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. As an active participant
in medical research, our healthcare system begins new trials regularly.
For more information about participating in a MWHC clinical trials, call
email the clinical research team.