Clinical trials are a vital part of modern cancer care. Many of today’s
most effective treatments were developed through clinical trials.
Thanks to partnerships with our oncologists and the Colorado Cancer Research
Program and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, we are able to offer our
cancer patients access to a wide range of clinical trials. Many of the
trials we offer are the same studies offered at major American cancer
centers such as the Mayo Clinic and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Clinical trials, also known as research studies, test ways to treat people
with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat
cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as:
- New drugs
- New approaches to surgery or radiation therapy
- New combinations of current treatments
- Completely new methods
here for cancer trials currently available through the Colorado Cancer Research Program
here for cancer trials currently available through the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
Each clinical trial has an action plan (protocol) that explains how it
will work. Each doctor that takes part uses the same protocol.
Here are some suggestions for talking with your doctor or members of a
- Consider taking a family member or friend along for support and for help
in asking questions or recording answers
- Plan ahead what to ask—but don’t hesitate to ask any new questions
you think of while you’re there
- Write down your questions in advance to make sure you remember to ask them all
- Write down the answers so that you can review them whenever you want
- Consider bringing a tape recorder to make a taped record of what is said,
even if you write it down
The following questions can be helpful in determining whether to join a study.