Welcome to Sarasota Memorial's
Institute for Cancer Care
Clinical Trials and Research
Advanced Treatment & Research
Our Clinical Research Center and partnership with the Moffitt Cancer Center provide patients with access to the latest treatment protocols and clinical trials available, while being treated at home, in their own communities, surrounded by the doctors they trust and family they love.
One of the few non-teaching hospitals with clinical research capabilities, Sarasota Memorial participates alongside such distinguished facilities as Duke and Emory Universities, as well as the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Today, research goes on at an active pace, with 30 or more clinical and quality of life studies under way at any one time. The search for better answers covers a wide cross-section of disciplines, including cancer.
Research at the Center focuses on Phase 3 and Phase 4 trials, which encompass large-scale studies in sites across the nation involving thousands of patients. At this level of research, drugs or devices under study have already passed safety standards established in Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials and are seeking FDA authorization for specific use and indications, or are reviewing drugs already on the market to look at new formulations of an existing medication or a different way to use it.
Patients who qualify for clinical trials decide whether to participate based on the advice of their physician and only after they understand the risks and benefits of the therapy and trial being considered. No one will be placed in a clinical trial without his/her knowledge and consent.
If you or your doctor would like to learn more about relevant clinical trials you might participate in, contact us at:
Cancer Care Clinical Trial Department
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl 34239
Phone: (941) 917-6519
Fax: (941) 917-3134
Total Cancer Care Program™
Sarasota Memorial and the Moffitt Cancer Center have recently joined forces in a clinical study exploring a new frontier in cancer research – one doctors hope will lead to more advanced treatments, possibly even personalized cures for the disease.
Just as every individual has a different fingerprint, every tumor is unique. While researchers know that cancer can be classified by its site of origin (lung, breast, colon, prostate, etc.), there are, in fact, many different types of each of these cancers, and people with the same kinds of cancer sometimes respond differently to standardized treatments.
Only recently has technology advanced enough so that researchers can now test each tumor for approximately 30,000 genes. These genes provide a molecular fingerprint unique to each tumor, just as the lines on a fingerprint uniquely identify an individual.
With the permission of patients, doctors study the molecular fingerprints for each individual’s cancer and enter information from the genetic experiments into a large central database. By comparing data on individual cancers and recording successful treatment outcomes, scientists hope to develop new drug therapies that are personalized for each individual.
It will take the participation of thousands of patients to make TCC work. Physicians and staff at Moffitt, Sarasota Memorial and 16 other hospitals across the nation are collecting survey data and tumor tissue samples from as many cancer patients as possible.
People who participate in Total Cancer Care™ may also benefit from access to individualized clinical trials as they develop and new medicines as they become available. There are no extra doctor visits, no additional expenses to pay and, in accordance with HIPAA regulations, all medical information remains private.
How You Can Participate
A small investment of time is all it takes to become a participant in Total Cancer Care™. Consider spending an extra 30 minutes when you visit your physician to answer a few survey questions about your medical history. If a biopsy is recommended, a portion of the tissue removed will be submitted for research.
If surgery is needed, cancer tissue that normally would be discarded is sent to researchers for analysis. Patients can elect to withdraw from the study at any time; however, researchers would like to follow you for life. For information, call Sarasota Memorial’s Total Cancer Care™ office at (941) 917-2227.