As part of its patient care mission, Bridgeport Hospital participates in a number of clinical research studies aimed at improving treatment for patients.

Cancer Registry – State cancer registries enable public health professionals to better understand and address cancer burden. Registry data are critical for targeting programs focused on risk-related behaviors or on environmental risk factors. Such information is also essential for identifying when and where cancer screening efforts should be enhanced and for monitoring the treatment provided to cancer patients. In addition, reliable registry data are fundamental to a variety of research efforts, including those aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of cancer prevention, control or treatment programs. In the United States, these data are reported to a central statewide registry from various medical facilities including hospitals, physicians’ offices, therapeutic radiation facilities, freestanding surgical centers and pathology laboratories. During FY 2012, the total cost associated with the Bridgeport Hospital cancer registry was $239,400.

Cancer Clinical Trials – The Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program at Bridgeport Hospital, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is designed to promote and support clinical trials of new cancer treatments, explore methods of cancer prevention and early detection, and study quality-of-life issues and rehabilitation during and after treatment. Bridgeport Hospital offers a number of clinical trials at various locations in the community. There are many trials available for the following cancers: Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Anemia related to Cancer, Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer, Cryoablation Therapy in Breast Cancer and Supportive Care. The Bridgeport Hospital Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Breast Cancer Center through the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation provides funding for the research coordinator and data coordinator annually. Additional grant funding is obtained through the National Institutes of Health.