Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs or procedures.  People who volunteer to enroll in clinical trials play an active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments, and help others by contributing to the advancement of medical research. 

Cancer clinical trials test new ways to diagnose, prevent, and treat, cancer or symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.  They evaluate the effects of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy. They also assess different ways to improve the quality of life for people with cancer.  Most advances in the fight against cancer are the result of clinical trials.

At Providence Cancer Institute, our scientists and clinicians work closely together to improve the standard of care through the integration of clinical trials into clinical practice.  Our clinical trials include Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center investigator-initiated studies, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored studies, and pharmaceutical-sponsored studies. The clinical trials team at Providence Cancer Institute works directly with referring providers and their patients to find the most appropriate clinical trial(s) that fit their specific diagnosis.

To learn more about clinical trials, please visit our Forms & Information.