Clinical Trials & Research

ResearchClinical Research is an integral part of the cutting edge medical therapies delivered by the physicians at Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group. Most clinical trials utilize new drugs, especially the most recent agents, the so-called targeted therapies, to try to improve outcomes in cancer patients. Some trials look at new radiation therapy applications or novel combinations of radiation and medications. At Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group, we are committed to obtaining access to these new treatments for the benefit of our patients. Patients are offered these trials as an option when available, and we are proud of our high quality studies. Because our research corporation, Bay Area Cancer Research Group, is well organized, nimble, and delivers high quality data, the pharmaceutical companies sometimes prefer utilizing our site over universities, such as UCSF and Stanford. In fact, we sometimes get referrals from them to be enrolled in our studies!

Current Clinical Trials

A robust clinical research department is vital for a cancer center to deliver comprehensive cutting edge care. We enroll patients on clinical trials for the gamut of cancers, including breast, lung, colon, pancreas, leukemia and lymphoma, prostate and many others. BACRG enrolls more patients on oncology clinical trials than any other facility in the East Bay, including the hospitals and medical centers. Smaller, less comprehensive physician groups are unable to provide these high complexity treatments outside of a university setting. However, we at Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group are committed to the goal of furthering the fight against cancer both for society and for each and every individual patient.

Our clinical trials specialize in phases I, II, III, IV studies with indications in many disease states. Depending on study timing and availability, we conduct clinical trials in the following areas of cancer research:

  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • CLL
  • Gastric/Esophgeal
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Lymphomas
  • Melanoma
  • Myelomoa
  • NHL
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate

You can learn more about our clinical trials and research by checking out the individual trials below. Please do not hesitate to ask your physician if a clinical trial is available and the right treatment for you.

ADULT ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a cancer that originates from bone marrow and effects the development of white blood cells. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include the following for newly diagnosed elderly patients (65 and older):

 

BRAF MUTATION

The BRAF gene provides proteins with instructions for critical cell development and function. Mutations within the BRAF gene have been connected to cancer development. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

BREAST CANCER

Breast Cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the duct and lobules. It occurs in both men and women. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA

A slow-growing cancer in which the bone marrow forms a high number of abnormal white blood cells. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

COLON CANCER

Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon. Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

GASTRIC CANCER

Gastric cancer develops in the tissues lining the stomach. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

LYMPHOMA

Lymphoma is a malignant tumor originating in a lymph node. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

MULTIPLE MYELOMA

Multiple Myeloma is a form of cancer of the bone marrow characterized by swellings, malformations, and fractures of various bones which is accompanied by pain, anemia, and weight loss. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

MYELOFIBROSIS

Myelofibrosis is a form of chronic leukemia in which the production of blood cells in bone marrow is irregular. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a form of cancer that originates in the white blood cells. There are various forms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can be either indolent (slow-growing) or aggressive. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology for patients with relapsed, indolent or aggressive forms include:

 

NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) customarily initiates as a small cluster of abnormal cells that grow in the lining of bronchi-tubes. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

PROSTATE CANCER

A male specific form of cancer that forms in the tissue of the prostate. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

RENAL (KIDNEY) CANCER

Renal cancer forms in the tissues of the kidney. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology include:

 

SHINGLES

Shingles is a viral infection that causes painful rashes. Current trials at Diablo Valley Oncology for solid tumor or Hematologic Malignancy patients with the shingles virus include: