Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.
Most clinical research that involves the testing of a new drug progresses in an orderly series of steps, called phases. This allows researchers to ask and answer questions in a way that results in reliable information about the drug and protects the patients. Clinical trials are usually classified into one of three phases:
Information courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.
Our physicians participate in many clinical trials, allowing our patients access to the very newest medical developments and treatment options.
If you would like to participate in a clinical trial or have heard of a new treatment option, please feel free to discuss this with your physician.
If you are interested in knowing what clinical trials are currently underway, you can search the National Cancer Institute’s database: http://http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology Centers are active partners in the Bellevue Community College Associates Program for radiation therapists. Our center holds a position on the school’s Educational Board of Directors.
Students may participate in your care, under the guidance of a board certified therapist. If you do not wish to have a student participate in your care, please advise your physician or therapist.
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