The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center strives for excellence in its dual roles as a regional cancer referral center and a cutting-edge research entity. Cancer Center members actively participate in efforts to improve cancer therapy, diagnosis and prevention through their own original research protocols as well as the National Cancer Institute’s high-priority trials and multicenter research collaborations through its membership in the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network. This multifaceted approach maintains the Center’s connections with the national cancer research community while fostering the development of translational research linked to UAB’s scientific resources.
There are currently more than 180 cancer-related clinical trials at UAB exploring a wide array of therapies, diagnostics and preventive options. The Cancer Center also offers opportunities to participate in community-based trials for cancer survivorship research. Clinical trials test new treatments in people with cancer with the goal of finding better ways to treat cancer. If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a new standard treatment. Many of today’s most effective standard treatments are based on previous study results.