Clinical Trials

Patients are the Essence of Clinical Trials

  • Cancer affects all of us, whether we have been diagnosed or know someone that has.
  • Each year, more than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer and it remains the second leading cause of death.
  • Clinical trials contribute knowledge and progress in the fight against cancer. Many of today’s most effective treatments are based on previous study results.
  • Unfortunately, only about 3% of adults in the US with cancer participate in clinical trials.

The more people participate in clinical trials, the faster we can answer the critical research questions that will lead us to better treatment and preventions options for all cancers!

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute

  • Since 2001, Cancer Trials at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital have been affiliated with the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. 
  • Penn State Hershey is committed to enhancing, fostering, and promoting organized high quality clinical research to treat disease and to promote health and wellness.
  • Additional information regarding Penn State Clinical Trials can be found at:

Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital

  • Provides the community direct access to specialty services, such as Cancer Research and Clinical Trials through its collaboration with the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.
  • The Cancer Committee and the Cancer Services Department adhere to the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Program Standards.These standards assist the hospital in meeting their goals of providing quality cancer care. The hospital maintains certain eligibility requirements as well as 34 standards that are measured through surveys every three years. In 2011, the Cancer Program at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital was again accredited for a three year period.
  • Dr. Ricardo T.D.D. Carter, MD, serves as the Medical Director of Cancer Services and is also the Principal Investigator (PI) for the hospitals clinical trial program. The Principal Investigator oversees the clinical trials and ensures that the study or protocol is followed. 
  • Teresa (Terry) McMinn, RN, BSN, OCN, Cancer Coordinator, developed the Clincial Trials program affiliation with Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute (PSHCI) in 2001. She continues to coordinate the Program with the Cancer Services Department, and functions as a clinical research nurse periodically. To contact her, call (717) 242-7142.
  • Coleen Reilly, MSN, RN, Clinical Research Nurse collaborates with the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute as well as Dr. Carter as Principle Investigator to provide information on clincial trials to patients and coordinates care for clinical trial participants throughout their disease process. To contact her, call (717) 242-7022.