Advances in the treatment of cancer depend on clinical trials. These are research studies in which patients help physicians find ways to improve health and cancer care, while being cared for with cutting-edge treatments. Clinical trials are designed to find new ways to locate, diagnose, treat, prevent and manage symptoms of cancer or its treatment.
Our patients have access to clinical trials through the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Montana Cancer Consortium. Our center is 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.
In Montana, health insurance generally covers standard of care procedures for patients enrolled in clinical trials.
Benefits to participating in a clinical trial:
- Play an active role in your own healthcare
- Gain access to new treatments before they are widely available
- Obtain the highest quality medical care at leading healthcare 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 here, click the links below: