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Cancer Center

Clinical Trials

Bozeman Hospital Serving Southwestern Montana

Advances in the treatment of cancer depend on clinical trials. These are research studies in which patients help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care, while being cared for with cutting edge treatments. Cancer clinical trials are designed to find new ways to locate and diagnose cancer, treat cancer, prevent cancer and manage symptoms of cancer or its treatment.

Patients at Bozeman Health Cancer Center have access to clinical trials through the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Montana Cancer Consortium. In 2012, Bozeman Health Cancer Center was selected by NCCN as one of only six community-based research affiliates nationwide to offer additional clinical cancer research trials to patients. This allows us to offer treatments to patients here at home, rather than requiring travel to a large city, where many of the trials are based.

A cancer patient normally receives what is known as standard of care, or treatment accepted by the oncology profession as the best known treatment. A clinical trial uses promising new therapies to treat consenting patients. These therapies are standard of care plus additional or substitute therapy that has scientific evidence of benefit for the cancer being treated. In Montana, health insurance generally covers standard of care procedures for patients enrolled in clinical trials.

Every clinical trial has strict eligibility criteria that determine whether a patient can participate, and to ensure the safety of the volunteering patient. Examples of eligibility criteria include the type and stage of disease, health history, and past or current treatment.

Benefits to participating in a clinical trial:

  • Play an active role in your own health care
  • Gain access to new treatments before they are widely available
  • Obtain the highest quality medical care at leading health care facilities
  • Help others by contributing to medical research

Potential drawbacks to participating in a clinical trial:

  • New treatments may not be better than the standard care
  • New treatments may have unexpected side effects
  • The new treatment may not work for you

To find more information about clinical studies open and available to patients of Bozeman Health Cancer Center, click the links below: