Cancer care in the last decade has made many advances. Most of these advances are the result of clinical research through clinical trials or research studies. Clinical trials have resulted in new treatments and prevention options for cancer care. The oncologists of CCC are committed to ongoing studies of new, leading-edge therapies and research for new cancer treatments. CCC oncologists study and adopt the latest treatments that offer more hope for effective treatment of numerous cancers.
The National Cancer Institute has awarded Cancer Centers of the Carolinas a research grant and designated CCC as a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP). Typically, these grants are awarded to hospital-based research institutes. As one of only 63 such research centers in the country to be awarded this grant, CCC provides patients with state-of-the-art cancer care closer to home.
Patients may participate in clinical trials from seven research bases:
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
- National Surgical Bowel and Breast Project
- Cancer and Leukemia Group B
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
- Wake Forest University
- University of Rochester
CCC also participates in clinical trials through independent pharmaceutical companies as well as through US Oncology. Our affiliation with US Oncology allows CCC to pool the knowledge and experience of a network of over 1,000 cancer specialists throughout the nation. This network constantly studies the best possible treatments for every type of adult cancer. CCC also works closely with the Greenville Hospital System's Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) to take new drugs from testing to patients.
CCC has access to over 120 clinical trials, offering the newest chemotherapeutic agents in addition to cutting-edge treatments such as immunotherapy and gene therapy. Additionally, CCC offers early-phase research treatments through ITOR's Clinical Research Unit (CRU). CCC's commitment to testing cancer drugs established a reputation necessary to bring early-phase research to Upstate SC. Until now, access to this level of research was available only through large hospitals and universities. Now patients and their families can stay closer to home and enjoy the convenience of community-based care. Through multiple cancer management centers located throughout the Upstate, CCC offers access to the latest groundbreaking cancer therapy.