Leading-edge Research and Exceptional Care
At Kettering Health, we offer lifesaving care close to home. At each of our locations, you have access to the latest technology and evidence-based treatments. Our specialists continually participate in research and offer eligible patients access to the most promising new therapies.
Cancer Research and Clinical Trials: Why Choose Us?
Benefits of our research program include the following:
- Easy access to new treatments: We regularly hold conferences where every specialist involved in cancer care meets to discuss treatment plans. A dedicated research coordinator attends these meetings to learn about all our patients’ diagnoses and treatment plans. If you qualify for a study or clinical trial, the coordinator connects with you directly to explain your options.
- Collaboration with partnering facilities: We expand our resources through participation in the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program. This collaboration opens up access for you to participate in local and national clinical trials. We also partner with neighboring facilities such as The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati to offer you more treatment options.
- In-house clinical trials: Through our Innovative Care Center, we run our own in-house clinical trials. Eligible patients have access to new medicines, protocols, and treatment options.
Advanced Technology for Cancer Diagnosis
Kettering Health is the only healthcare system in Ohio that uses a machine called a cyclotron. The cyclotron allows us to create substances called radiotracers.
Radiotracers are injections that attach to specific cells so they show up on an imaging scan. This technique allows us to tell if cancer has spread (metastasized) to other parts of your body.
Many radiotracers are effective only for a short amount of time; once they are created, we must give the injection quickly. Having the ability to create our own radiotracers gives us more flexibility for timing and treatment.
Our specialists are leaders in this area of nuclear medicine. For example, we pioneered the use of a radiotracer called methionine. Methionine shows us tumor deposits in the brain and if these spots are active or not.
When you come to Kettering Health, your care team includes experts who lead in innovative care.