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Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

The Latest Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

MultiCare Regional Cancer Center has been participating in cancer research since 1983. Our track record of exceptional clinical trial performance has helped us become a trusted partner in national clinical trials. As a result, you have local access to promising new treatments.

Cancer Research and Clinical Trials at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center

Clinical trials are research studies exploring new ways of caring for people with cancer. Our decades of experience mean you can count on us to keep you safe while benefiting from recent advances in cancer treatment.  

Highlights of our program include:

  • Experience: MultiCare has been part of the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) since its launch in 1983. This prestigious network conducts clinical trials in all aspects of cancer care. We are one of the few community-based research organizations in the country with this level of NCORP experience.
     
  • Early phase clinical trials: Clinical trials take place in four phases, with each answering different research questions. We offer access to Phase I trials, so you may be among the first patients in the country receiving a new treatment. These early phase trials help us learn more about proper dosing or side effects of a new drug before testing it in larger groups.
     
  • Coordination: When you participate in a clinical trial, you continue receiving care from the same team of MultiCare cancer experts you already know and trust. We manage all the details, such as scheduling additional tests you may need for the trial.
     
  • Expanded access to clinical trials: MultiCare is the largest community affiliate of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. This alliance of Seattle’s leading cancer programs gives you access to additional trials for difficult-to-treat cancers. Read more about our partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
     
  • Investigator-initiated trials: We pursue research that meets the needs of our South Puget Sound community. If we identify new cancer-related medical challenges, we often design studies to help solve them. One of our investigator-initiated research interests includes finding ways to tailor care for adolescents and young adults with cancer.  

More Information About Cancer Research and Clinical Trials at MultiCare

We offer more than 50 cancer clinical trials at any given time. Many of these trials test new anti-cancer drugs (chemotherapy). We also offer trials for other cancer treatments, including immunotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

List of Cancer Trials 

Cancer is one of many conditions we are advancing through research and clinical trials. Learn more about the MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation.

Cancer Clinical Trials at MultiCare: What to Expect

At MultiCare, all patients are considered for clinical trials. Each clinical trial has a unique set of requirements that have to be met, such as having a particular diagnosis or trying a specific treatment first, to be eligible. We will recommend a clinical trial if our team determines the benefits will likely outweigh any risks associated with the investigative treatment. If you are eligible for a trial, we will explain the trial and why we think it may be an option as part of your clinical care treatment plan. The decision whether to participate is yours. 

Our cancer research team includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and research coordinators. Coordinators stay in close contact with you throughout your clinical trial experience. They offer an added layer of safety by making sure you receive all of the treatments that are part of the trial and catching early signs of complications. Coordinators are also available to answer your questions so that you have a good experience.

Contact Us

For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form. For more information about MultiCare Research Services, call 253-403-3321.