DOS 741 - Week 3 Discussion
If not, do you believe lack of awareness or education by the physician is a barrier?
Initial Post: Research at Loyola
Loyola Medicine is an academic medical center, and research is an everyday part of life for the clinicians and staff. Loyola makes great efforts to let patients know about research studies that are available, and has even set up a website where patients and the general public can search a list of Loyola's trial activities.1 A quick search of the site shows 38 trials with the keyword "radiation", of which 4 are open.
In my experience at the center, I have heard trials being discussed frequently in the dosimetry office. I have not been involved in any protocols yet, but Bret Conrad, an alumnus of the UWLAX program, has been involved in RTOG 1174, the "OUTBACK Trial". The purpose of the trial is "to determine whether the addition of adjuvant chemotherapy to standard cisplatin-based chemoradiation improves overall survival".2 I did spend a few moments helping Bret with contouring on one of his plans, but that is the extent of my involvement as of today.
- Loyola Medicine clinical trials. Loyola Medicine Website. http://loyolamedicine.org/loyola-medicine-clinical-trials. Accessed June 24, 2015.
- RTOG 1174 protocol information. RTOG Website. http://www.rtog.org/ClinicalTrials/ProtocolTable/StudyDetails.aspx?study=1174. Updated November 18, 2013. Accessed June 24, 2015.