May 01, 2012 11:30 pm • Gazette Staff
Billings Clinic Cancer Center is one of six community oncology practices in the country recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology for its work in improving cancer care through high-quality clinical trials programs.
The 2012 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award will be presented to Billings Clinic Cancer Center at ASCO’s 48th annual meeting in Chicago, June 1-5.
Of the 1.3 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, only 3 to 5 percent will participate in cancer clinical trials. In 2011, Billings Clinic enrolled 11 percent of its patients in clinical trials, giving them the opportunity to receive cutting-edge cancer therapies. Billings Clinic currently has more than 100 clinical trials in different cancer types.
Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate whether a new treatment or procedure is better than the current standard of care. Thanks in large part to the knowledge gained through clinical trials, today two-thirds of cancer patients survive at least five years after diagnosis, compared with only half in the 1970s.