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Franciscan Health in Lafayette implements clinical trials

The Franciscan Health Cancer Center in Lafayette (photo courtesy of Franciscan Health)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Franciscan Health’s cancer center in Lafayette is now offering local clinical trials and research. The health system says the new service will create opportunities for new treatments and will include research on cancer causes and prevention.

Franciscan Health says, in addition to clinical trials of novel drugs and devices, the center will study the results of healthcare services as well as the value of medical treatments or interventions that can be used to make better decisions and improve healthcare.

“Bringing clinical trials to Franciscan Health Lafayette offers our patients cutting edge therapies that help us to provide the best of care close to home,” says Dr. Taylor Ortiz, Franciscan Physician Network oncologist. “Franciscan’s clinical trials use immunotherapy and personalized, targeted treatments which are the present and future of cancer treatment. We are excited to be able to offer this to Tippecanoe County and surrounding communities.”

The health system says every treatment must undergo the process to become approved for use. Clinical trial volunteers will be managed by a physician who has more than five years of experience in leading the studies.

Franciscan says it hopes the clinical trials conducted at the center will provide access to advances in treatment options where there is currently no existing treatment available. The health system says the center may also conduct trials to find new uses for treatments that have already been approved.