Cancer Research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center
We conduct all types of cancer research and clinical trials
The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Colorado, and one of just 40 in the country. Nearly 400 physicians and scientists are working in the lab, in the clinic, and in the community to make cancer an endangered species.
Because we are part of the NCI's most elite group of cancer centers, we offer most of the same cancer studies and therapies-in-testing found in other major centers.
Also, because we are a comprehensive cancer center, we offer all phases of cancer studies. We have one of the best early-phase trial programs in the world – studies of the newest, most advanced treatments available.
About Cancer Clinical Trials
According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials are research studies that involve people. They are the final step in a years-long process that begins with research in a lab and animal testing. Many treatments used today are the result of past clinical trials.
In cancer research, clinical trials are designed to answer questions about new ways to:
- Treat cancer
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Prevent cancer
- Manage symptoms of cancer or its treatment
- Improve cancer survivorship
Learn About Our Cancer Research Trials
The CU Cancer Center is the Rocky Mountain region's only NCI-designated cancer center.
In this video, learn how our standing as an elite research institution makes available to our patients the most advanced detection and targeted treatments of cancer.
Clinical cancer trials are designed to answer questions about new treatments or new ways of using an old treatment and how well they work. These trials test many types of treatments, such as new:
- Drugs or vaccines
- Ways to do surgery or give radiation therapy
- Combinations of treatments
Clinical cancer trials follow very strict rules, called protocols, that are overseen by a governing scientific and ethical body. Protocols determine who can participate in the trial, and help make sure the trial is safe and has accurate and meaningful results. Learn how the CU Cancer Center conducts research trials.