|"We have been part of many clinical trials in America and the world. Clinical trials move medical knowledge ahead safely."
|—Beth Getman, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP
Cancer Services and Cancer Research
|Finding the Best Treatment Options for Cancer for Now and the Future
The PeaceHealth Southwest Cancer Center is an active participant in Columbia River Oncology Program, (CROP), a National Cancer Institute (NCI) accredited consortium of eight local hospitals working together to bring clinical trials to the Vancouver/Portland area.
PeaceHealth Southwest has been involved in cancer research since 1986. Today we still follow the first patient put on a study, and we are happy to report that our patient remains disease-free. When our patients enroll in a clinical trial, many are followed for the rest of their lifetime.
|Open Clinical Trials
Search for current open clinical trials available at PeaceHealth here
|The research team helps physicians identify patients who would potentially be eligible to participate in approved clinical trials that are open here. These include specific types of cancer, cancer prevention trials, quality of life studies, symptom management, and targeted therapies, such as with genetic testing. (A sample list is below.)
PeaceHealth Southwest's Regional Cancer Center is an active participant in the Columbia River Oncology Program (CROP), a National Cancer Institute (NCI) accredited consortium of eight local hospitals working together to bring clinical trials to the Vancouver/Portland area.
Through CROP the Regional Cancer Center is associated with:
More than 150 open protocols (cancer treatment "recipes") are currently available to patients through the Regional Cancer Center and CROP.
- Children's Oncology Group (COG)
- Clinical Trial Support Unit (CTSU)
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Program (NSABP)
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
- PeaceHealth Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
- University of Rochester
- Other research studies and clinical trials
You Can Help
Through a fund set up by the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, you can support the Regional Cancer Center's research efforts, our genetic testing program, outreach services, mammograms for low-income patients, risk assessment, prevention efforts and the purchase of educational materials for cancer support groups. You can make a donation by downloading the form and mailing it in with your donation.
PeaceHealth Southwest's involvement in breast cancer research has included:
Additional studies have included:
- Effectiveness of Tamoxifen
- Use of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients
- Fine needle aspiration (FNA)
- Pre-op chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment
- Dose-dense chemo for breast cancer therapy
- Sentinel node breast surgery, resulting in less invasive surgery and decreased surgical side effects
- Use of radiation and Tamoxifen in DCIS
- Use of Tamoxifen and Roloxifene in prevention of breast cancer (STAR)
- Genetic testing and gene mapping for various cancers
- Use of genetics to match the most effective treatment for the patient
- Supportive care studies (such as yoga and relaxation techniques for cancer patients)
- Use of vitamins to help prevent prostate cancer (SELECT)
- Variety of symptom control studies