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Research: Now Enrolling Patients in Four Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

September 14, 2018

Atlantic Health System is currently enrolling patients in four pancreatic cancer clinical trials. Angela Alistar, MD, a nationally known expert on pancreatic cancer, serves as national principal investigator (PI) on the first trial and as local PI on the other three.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer these studies to people with this difficult-to-treat, aggressive cancer,” says Dr. Alistar, who serves as director of GI medical oncology for Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center. “Our pancreatic cancer program is unique, and our ability to provide access to these clinical trials is one important aspect of our uniqueness. New and more effective treatments are desperately needed.”

Five-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer are low, and pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

The studies enrolling patients include:

  • A Phase I combination drug therapy designed for patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer never treated with systemic chemotherapy. Atlantic Health System is the only one in the nation to offer this promising study.
  • A Phase II study to examine the safety and effectiveness of an antioxidant/chemotherapy intravenous infusion in advanced pancreatic cancer patients.
  • A Phase II trial of immunotherapy maintenance in patients with stage IV pancreatic cancer who are in remission or partial remission.
  • A study to compare chemotherapy against a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy prior to surgery.

Learn more about pancreatic cancer clinical trials or call the Atlantic Center for Research at 973-91-6608 for more information.