ChristianaCare’s Cancer Research Program is part of a select group of 46 research centers (34 community sites and 12 minority/under-served sites) in the United States and Puerto Rico that are funded by the National Cancer Institute to participate in the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
Thousands of patients throughout the Delaware region have benefited from studies conducted under the auspices of the NCORP, as well as from a variety of other federally funded and industry-supported cancer treatment, prevention and control trials. Many of these trials take place on a national or international level at approved research centers around the country and throughout the world.
Clinical trials test new drugs and combinations of treatments, as well as new techniques using surgery, radiation therapy, gene therapy, immunotherapy and biologics. Research studies encompass a wide range of cancer-related disciplines including hematology/oncology, radiation oncology and gynecologic oncology.
Clinical trials offered by ChristianaCare attract participants from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Delaware research affiliates that include Beebe Healthcare, Tunnell Cancer Center and South Coastal Health Campus participate in NCI research. Our annual accrual rate—which measures the percentage of patients enrolled in clinical trials—among newly diagnosed cancer patients is among the highest in the nation.
At any given time, we have at least 700 patients enrolled in as many as 100 different clinical trials.
All studies are first approved by the National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board and/or ChristianaCare’s Institutional Review Board, a special committee that reviews and oversees all research projects to ensure that participants’ rights and welfare are protected.