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Clinical research requires physicians with specialty expertise, highly trained nurses and clinical staff and appropriate resources. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is one of the few patient care centers in the nation with a dedicated cancer research clinic.

The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU) is a special nursing unit on the third floor of the Clinical Cancer Center. Staffed by specially trained research nurses, the clinical space is designed for the optimal care of patients in clinical trials.

The TRU focuses on translational research – the process of bringing new scientific discoveries from the laboratory to patient use. This research takes the form of early phase clinical trials (phase I and II) conducted among small numbers of patients.

The recent explosion of “targeted” cancer drugs has made translational research more important than ever. These new medicines fight cancer by targeting specific features within cancer cells. Early-phase clinical trials are essential to evaluating these promising new therapies.

The TRU provides the expertise and facilities to conduct early phase drug trials under the most advanced conditions of quality and safety. TRU nurses provide a high level of individualized care as they focus on the special needs of patients who are taking part in important cancer research.