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Research and Clinical Trials


“As long as there is no cure – there is no room for complacency.” The LRCC professional staff believes that “it is our responsibility to guarantee the best of multidisciplinary care for our patients.” The entire team at Lakeland Regional Cancer Center is committed to the mission of cancer prevention and delivering the best treatment for the cure of cancer. By conducting research in our molecular chemistry lab, actively participating in clinical trial protocols and networking with major cancer centers, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center stands at the forefront with the latest treatment advances. Cancer patients throughout the world benefit from our unwavering commitment to research and its promise of hope.

Cancer Clinical Trials Program

Knowing that clinical trial participants may be among the first to benefit from new advances in research, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center has developed a comprehensive clinical trials program for our community. Our patients receive access to clinical trials that test promising new therapies or approaches in cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find cancer treatments that work.

We strive to provide clinical trial options for all major cancer types and disease stages. Our relationships with other cancer centers, federally funded cooperative groups, and pharmaceutical companies enable our patients to participate in a variety of promising protocols and broadens our access to cancer clinical trials in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

You may use the form below to search our database of current clinical trials, or you can search for the most up-to-date information on clinical trials currently offered at LRCC.

First Patient Enrolls in Metastatic Melanoma Trial at LRCC — The Only Enrolling Site in the Eastern U.S.

Dr. Helen Chan with Carl Hall

Lakeland Regional Cancer Center (LRCC) is proud to have been initiated as the only enrolling site in the eastern United States for a metastatic melanoma clinical trial, and one patient, in particular, is filled with hope because this ground-breaking option is offered within driving distance from his home in St. Petersburg.

Military Veteran Carl Hall, 79 years, was diagnosed with melanoma six years ago, after inquiring about a shiny mole he discovered on his chest. The cancer was removed in its entirety, along with multiple lymph nodes which all came back clear. Hall was cancer free and bound and determined to enjoy every moment of his life.

Three years later, Hall learned the melanoma had returned. He was referred to Lakeland Regional’s Helen Chan, M.D., a board-certified surgical oncology specialist, who joined him in the fight of his life.

“It meant the world to me to have a specialist on my side who wanted what I wanted,” said Hall. “She has a personality that sets you at ease. She listened to what I wanted and presented every option.”

In 2012, his list of options grew when he learned about LRCC’s new clinical trial, in which cancerous tumors are treated with a potential breakthrough therapy to include a new medication and a mild electrical current. Hall, who is known for doing his homework and asking for second opinions, liked what he learned about the trial – especially since early data revealed the treatment may help destroy cancer while leaving healthy cells intact.

Now just a week into the trial treatment, Hall says he is filled with hope since he has already seen the tumors in his neck shrink in size.

Carl Hall is the first patient to enroll in a potentially breakthrough clinical trial at LRCC.

“To already see positive results without the harsh treatments and side effects I’ve experienced in the past is what means the most to me,” said Hall. “I am fighting this cancer, while still living life to the fullest.”

Hall says another reason he wanted to take part in the clinical trial is because it had the potential to help many others facing cancer.

“Now that I’m in the midst of it, I want others in my situation to know what this treatment has the potential to do for them – to offer a cure, of sorts, not just remission.”

For more information on this trial or to find out if you are a candidate, please call 863-904-1900.

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