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Cancer Clinical Trials

Providing Access to the Latest Cancer Clinical Trials

Kona Community Hospital Behavioral Health

Thanks to our affiliation with Duke Medicine, people with cancer have access to cutting-edge therapies available in clinical trials. Our clinical trials program is approved by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Our cancer center staff works closely with the Duke Oncology Network to choose appropriate trials. To date, many of our trials have focused on lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Current breast cancer trials:

  • Protocol E1Z11: Postmenopausal women who have breast cancer that is ER/PR positive can enroll in a study to evaluate genetic predictors for Aromatase Inhibitor Musculoskeletal Symptoms. 
  • Protocol SCUSF 0806: HER2-positive breast cancer patients can enroll in a study testing drugs that protect heart function during Herceptin treatment. 
  • Protocol S1202: Patient currently taking aromatase inhibitor and experiencing muscle or bone pain can enroll in a research study evaluating the use of Cymbalta and the relief of joint pain. 
  • Protocol S1207: Patients being treated for high-risk breast cancer can enroll in a study that adds Afinitor to their standard hormone therapy to determine if this will delay cancer’s spread or recurrence.

Current colorectal cancer trials:

  • Protocol S0820: Patients with the history of Stage 0, I, II or III colon cancer who completed surgery during the previous 9 – 15 months can enroll in a study evaluating whether the use of Eflornithine and Sulindac, taken alone or in combination, will help decrease the risk of high-risk adenomas or second primary colorectal cancer.
Current cancer control trials:
  • Protocol A221301: Patients who will be starting chemotherapy may be given Olanzapine (Zyrpexa) to the standard treatment to determine if it helps to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. 
  •  Protocol A221304: Patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiation therapy and develop mouth pain and sores may enroll in this study to   test whether a mouthwash made with a drug called Doxepin can reduce the pain caused from radiation therapy.

To learn more, call 843-522-7819.

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