Leading Cancer Clinical Trials with Research

The Ascension Via Christi cancer care team is on the forefront of new treatments.

Cancer Research in Wichita, Kansas

In Wichita, Kansas, national cancer clinical trials being performed by cancer researchers at Ascension Via Christi. Based at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, Cancer Research of Kansas is a member of the National Clinical Trials Network system. The program recruits participants for investigation 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.

Through relationships with the nation's leading cancer hospitals, cancer centers and participating physicians nationwide, Cancer Research of Kansas facilitates current cancer research studies.

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

Current Trials

Currently, Cancer Research of Kansas 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 Cancer Research of Kansas 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 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 Cancer Research of Kansas, call 316-268-5784.