Clinical Research Studies
Our physicians participate in the Community Clinical Oncology Program through the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). We also participate in research studies funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, or new combinations of treatments. Some of our trials may focus on prevention and early diagnosis of cancer.
In our clinic, physicians/providers and clinical research coordinators will identify patients who may be eligible for a specific trial. They will then provide the patient and family with detailed information regarding all aspects of the trial. If you are one of these patients, you and your family will have time to consider study participation and become fully informed of the trial details, benefits and risks.
After consideration, if you are interested in participating, we will obtain your informed consent. Since many trials have stringent guidelines for entry, the research coordinator will check to ensure that you meet all qualifications. Once you are enrolled in a clinical trial, the research coordinator, in conjunction with your provider, provides ongoing assessments and education to both you and your family.
All of our providers take part in clinical research trials. Between them, they have participated in more than 250 studies over the last 20 years for the following types of cancer: brain, lung, biliary, breast, bone marrow, gastrointestinal/colorectal, genitourinary cancers, gynecologic, leukemia, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's disease, melanoma, multiple myeloma, head and neck and prostate.
If you would like further information regarding open clinical trials, please call (360) 754-3934.
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