BETHESDA, MarylandOncologists nationwide now have access to National
Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trials under a new policy intended to encourage
a wider participation in phase III studies. The new policy makes it easier for
oncologists to become credentialed as investigators and to enroll their
patients in the advanced studies through NCI’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU).
Previously, access to NCI’s clinical trials was limited to members of NCI’s
Oncologists can use the web-based CTSU to download protocols, case report
forms, and other documents.
Interested physicians can enter the program through a two-phase application
and credentialing process, which will include a site visit to ensure an
oncologist’s capability to meet regulatory requirements and collect research
data successfully. Information on the project is available online at www.ctsu.org, or by calling 1-888-823-5923.