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    Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center Offers Expanded Access to Clinical Trials for Cancer Patients

    Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center has partnered with Ventura County Hematology-Oncology Specialists Medical Group (VCHOS) to provide patients increased access to clinical research trials. These partnerships allow Dignity Health St. John’s physicians to offer active trials to patients they treat within our communities.

    Participation in a clinical trial gives a patient access to treatments that may not be readily available for years to come. The knowledge gained from clinical trials give scientists and physicians better guidance to prevent, diagnose, treat, and relieve symptoms of cancer.

    “A clinical trial is when we investigate new ways to approach and treat cancer. Clinical trials give patients access to new technology and new treatments.” said Chirag Dalsania, MD, Oncology and Hematology, Medical Director, St. John’s Regional Cancer Center. “Having access to so many clinical trials means we can put the right patient on the right trial, opening a new spectrum of opportunity for targeted treatment.”

    Cancer is no longer treated with just chemotherapy and radiation; tumors are now able to be identified more precisely by their chemical and biological make up. Through clinical trials, doctors are able to determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and whether they work better than current treatments.

    Patients participating in clinical trials are given the opportunity to be a part of advancing what we know about cancer diagnoses, therapy options, and tumor biology. 


    About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center

    St. John’s Regional Medical Center is a 265-bed acute care, award-winning facility. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, St. John’s is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, St. John’s is highly recognized in the community for excellence in cardiac care and has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Shield of California. Our Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and our Integrated Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC houses a comprehensive Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing specialized care to the tiniest patients as well as a Beacon Award-Winning Intensive Care Unit. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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