Research and Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are part of the cancer research process. Clinical trials are done to find out if new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard treatment. Your doctor may suggest you consider taking part in a clinical trial. For some patients, taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice.

Many of today's standard treatments for cancer are based on earlier clinical trials. Patients who take part in a clinical trial may receive the standard treatment or be among the first to receive a new treatment. Patients who take part in clinical trials also help improve the way cancer will be treated in the future. Even when clinical trials do not lead to effective new treatments, they often answer important questions and help move research forward.

Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center in Lane County is part of a large clinical trial network within US Oncology. This network has been involved in the research for the last 20 drugs approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for cancer treatment. WVCI conducts studies in chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other cancer treatments. Dozens of clinical trials are open at any given time at WVCI.

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