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The Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium (MMCORC) is a non-profit research program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and participating hospitals and clinics.

This program provides people in our community access to the newest therapy available for cancer treatment, symptom management and cancer prevention.

Your physician has access to the newest advances in cancer research. The MMCORC links community cancer specialists, primary care physicians and other health care professionals to NCI-approved research studies, called clinical trials.

Cancer clinical trials are the way we make progress against cancer. Advances in prevention and treatment of cancer and controlling the side effects of cancer treatment depend on information gained from well-conducted national clinical trials.

Reasons Why People Take Part in Clinical Trials

  • To receive a new treatment for cancer

  • To receive a new treatment to manage the side effects of their cancer treatment

  • To participate in new methods to prevent or detect cancer

  • To contribute to the medical knowledge for improving cancer care and helping future patients

What You Can Do

We invite you to help us in the progress against cancer through your participation in a clinical trial.

Knowledge gained through research is essential to finding answers to some of the many questions we have about cancer. Many of the advances in cancer treatment and survival and improvements in cancer prevention were first found to be effective in clinical trials.

The success of this research is made possible through the combined efforts of many individuals.

Types of Trials

Cancer Treatment

There are many clinical trials ongoing for the treatment of most types of cancer. Your physician and the research staff can provide you with more information on studies currently available for your type and stage of cancer.

Cancer Control/Prevention

There are a variety of studies looking at ways to better control or prevent the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment. Examples include studies to prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting, studies to treat and improve symptoms of fatigue and loss of appetite, and studies to control symptoms that affect quality of life, such as hot flashes.

There are also studies that try to find ways to prevent certain type of cancer from developing and to better understand why some people are at higher risk for developing cancer. Your physician and the research staff can answer any questions that you have about what studies are currently available.

Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR)

Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) encompasses a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation. It examines how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and healthcare provider and individual behaviors affect cancer outcomes, access to and quality of care, cancer care costs, and the health and well-being of cancer patients and survivors.