Helping NCI's Cancer Trials Support Unit

The Challenge 

Every year, more than 25,000 patients and thousands of researchers participate in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trials program. Westat has been helping NCI’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU)

  • Improve physician and patient access to NCI-sponsored clinical trials
  • Streamline and standardize data collection and reporting
  • Reduce the regulatory and administrative burden on researchers participating in NCI-sponsored trials

Our Solutions 

  • Our work includes
    • Operating a comprehensive web site for NCI’s CTSU
    • Helping to launch and run new networks that all NCI clinical trials use for enrolling patients 24 hours a day
    • Managing the data collected from participants
    • Operating a help desk for clinical trial researchers and staff
    • Developing and distributing promotional and educational materials to health care providers whose patients could participate in an NCI clinical trial
    • Providing clinical data management
  • CTSU’s suite of applications run on different platforms and are hosted at Westat’s data center. Business continuity is ensured by having multiple levels of redundancy.
  • CTSU uses cloud computing services to provide redundant server infrastructure to provide business continuity in case of any failure to its primary server infrastructure hosted at our data center.

The Results 

  • Since its inception in 1999, the CTSU has efficiently and effectively adapted its services to the changing demands of cancer clinical trials.
  • The CTSU has fully posted 537 protocols, supported 115,559 enrollments across network participants, and has 2,489 active sites.
  • The CTSU makes advancements in research more readily available to the health care providers who treat patients every day.

Our Client 

National Cancer Institute (NCI)