Our Clinical Trials
NW NCORP is committed to bringing cutting-edge cancer clinical trials to physicians and patients throughout Washington, Utah, Alaska and Idaho. Clinical trials can offer patients access to promising investigational drugs and services, radiation therapies and surgical techniques that would not otherwise be available. For some patients, these opportunities may offer a more promising option than standard care.
Clinical trials aim to assess the safety and effectiveness of:
- A new medication or device on a specific kind of patient
- A different dose of a medication than is commonly used
- An already marketed medication or device for a new purpose
- Whether the new medication or device is more effective for the patient's condition than standard therapy
Patients that volunteer to participate in clinical trials must consult with their physician to discuss all potential options that best suit their situation. It is important to understand that clinical trials are not risk free. A patient must give informed consent after exploring all aspects of the clinical trial before agreeing to participate. This include your rights as patient, potential side effects of treatment and ways in which your data will be used for the study. The informed consent process applies to all clinical trials.
If you are interested in participating in a cancer clinical trial then first discuss opportunities with your physician. If you determine that research is worth further exploration then you can reach out to the NW NCORP office. NW NCORP research staff will answer any questions you have on potential clinical trials and will put you in touch with someone in your area. If you join a clinical trial then we will work closely with you and your physician to determine your eligibility to participate. If eligible, you will be asked to read and sign our patient consent form. Throughout the clinical trial you will be closely followed by research staff, with data regularly reported to the appropriate research base.
If you have any other questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.