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Wichita NCORP leads cancer clinical trials

The Ascension Via Christi cancer care team takes an leading role in NCORP cancer care trials.

Cancer Research in Wichita Kansas

For more information about Wichita NCORP, call 316-268-5784

In Wichita, Kansas, national cancer clinical trials being performed by cancer researchers at Ascension Via Christi. Based at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, the Wichita NCORP is sponsored and funded by the National Cancer Institute. The program recruits participants for investigational studies designed to determine new ways to treat, prevent, detect, diagnose and control cancer. Patients also are offered opportunities to join other studies looking at the psychological impact of cancer and ways to improve quality of life for cancer patients.

Ascension Via Christi Cancer Institute manages the grant funding for Wichita NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), which brings the latest cancer research to Kansas.

Through relationships with such well-known programs as the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and participating physicians nationwide, the Wichita NCORP faciliates current cancer research studies.

For more information about cancer clinical trials, talk to your cancer care doctor.

Current Trials

Currently, Wichita NCORP is conducting trials targeting the following types of cancers:

  • Bone marrow transplant: lymphoma, myeloma
  • Brain: malignant gliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma
  • Breast: DCIS, preoperative chemotherapy followed by surgery, Stage I, II, III and IV
  • Cancer control: Studies for prevention of cancer and to manage symptoms such as weight loss, nausea, fatigue, pain control
  • Gastrointestinal: colorectal, esophagus, pancreas, stomach
  • Gynecology: cervical, ovarian, endometrial
  • Head and Neck: cancer of larynx, oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx
  • Leukemia: ALL, AML, CLL, APL, cytogenetics
  • Lung: non-small cell and small cell, Mesothelioma
  • Lymphoma: non-Hodgkin's, Mantle cell, Hodgkin's, gastric malt, CNS lymphoma
  • Melanoma: adjuvant, metastatic
  • Multiple myeloma: Waldenstrom's & Multiple Myeloma
  • Sarcoma: soft tissue
  • Urinary: bladder, prostate, renal

If you’re considering participation in a clinical trial, a Wichita NCORP nurse can help. This nurse, who is specially trained in clinical trial research, will explain the trial to you in detail and provide a consent form for you to read and sign. Informed consent is key to any good trial and means you have been provided the information you need and want to decide whether to take part in it. This includes what the trial involves and its potential benefits and risks.

We encourage you to share and discuss this information with your family or a trusted friend before making a decision about participating in a trial.

If you decide to participate in a trial, you will need to sign and return the consent form. You will receive a final copy of this form signed by all parties in order to review the study plan. Once you decide to participate, your Wichita NCORP nurse will:

  • Arrange further testing, as needed, and communicate with your doctors and other medical staff regarding your treatment.
  • Schedule and arrange treatments and tests needed as you continue with the clinical trial.
  • Maintain communication with you, your doctor, the researchers conducting the study in which you are participating, and as needed, other staff involved in your care.

For more information about Wichita NCORP, call 316-268-5784

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