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Clinical Trials

Deciding to participate in a clinical cancer research trial for the treatment and/or prevention of a specific type of cancer is a very important decision. Lake Huron Medical Center offers access to clinical cancer research trials through its participation with the National Cancer Institute's Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) through the Nevada Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF). NCRF is one of 46 Community Clinical Oncology Programs (CCOP) across the nation. The program is designed to disseminate the latest cancer prevention and treatment research findings at the community level. Our affiliation with the NCRF brings access to more than 50 clinical trials to the Blue Water Area. Lake Huron Medical Center also collaborates with the Michigan Center of Medical Research and Detroit Clinical Research Center to provide more access to a variety of trials for our patients.

Kathleen Fisher, RN, is the Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for Lake Huron Medical Center and serves to assist local physicians in accessing these trials for eligible patients. The following local physicians serve as primary investigators and are eligible to enroll patients:

  • Samir Alsawah, MD
  • Kanu Dalal, MD
  • Youssef Hanna, MD
  • Anup Lal, MD

In the past five years, Lake Huron Medical Center has registered more than 100 patients in 25 different clinical trials. These clinical studies include cancer treatment, as well as cancer prevention and quality of life studies. The level of patient enrollment in trials demonstrates the dedication to and eagerness to assist patients through the clinical research program by local oncologists and the community at large.

To better understand clinical cancer research trails, please review the Frequently Asked Questions to provide a framework for your decision. You can also obtain more information by going to the National Cancer Institute website at, speak with your physician or the Clinical Research Nurse directly at 810-216-1185.