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 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.
- 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.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)