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: