Clinical Trials

Clinical trials may be an option for many patients diagnosed with cancer. They offer eligible patients access to new treatments that are not otherwise available. Participating in clinical trials is one of the ways investigators get new treatments approved for patients who need them.


Most of the experimental medications used in a clinical trial are provided at no charge while a patient is enrolled in the trial. The J.C. Robinson Regional Cancer Center offers several clinical trials that are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and the federal government through the Bay Area Tumor Institute Network.


The first step in being considered for participation in a clinical trial is meeting with your oncologist to discuss treatment options. If you are eligible for a clinical trial that is open at our center, the study coordinator will review the study requirements with you. If you are interested in participating, we will ask you to sign a consent form allowing your doctor and the study coordinator to order additional tests to confi rm eligibility. Once all criteria are met, the study coordinator works with you to schedule treatments, lab tests and all required clinic visits.


Scheduling your appointment

Open Monday through Friday

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: (510) 970-5332 Fax: (510) 970-5387

For more information please contact the Clinical Research Coordinator Victoria Dell, RN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Preparing for your appointment

While the clinical trials are an excellent option for qualifying patients, participation involves many visits and tests to fulfill the study's requirements. To make sure all appointments are conducted according to the study instructions and accommodate the needs and outside activities of the patient, the study coordinator works closely with the doctor participating in the study and the clinic scheduler. Most patients appreciate the extra care they receive in scheduling these frequent visits. This contributes to their overall well-being.


What to expect during your appointment

When you arrive for your study visits, you will usually see the study doctor for a brief exam and to have your vital signs taken. You will then see the study coordinator or go directly to the treatment room for your medication.


At each visit, you will see the study coordinator. During some visits, you will complete questionnaires and have extra lab work done to help the study. You may also be asked to discuss any side effects you may be experiencing and new medications you may be taking.


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