Proton Therapy

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Participate in a Study

A critical part of our mission at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. Patients who participate in clinical studies often have the first chance to benefit from treatment approaches that have shown promise in earlier research. 

Proton therapy’s efficacy in treating many types of cancer has been well established, but many questions remain unanswered. Our clinical studies hope to make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about how effective proton therapy is in treating cancer when compared with other forms of radiation therapy, and when used in combination with other treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. We also intend to examine outcomes for patients who receive the higher radiation doses made possible by this precise technology. 

Why Participate?

Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies done with patients who volunteer. There are many requirements you must meet to be part of a study. If you qualify, it is up to you whether to take part.

Not all patients are cured with standard therapy, and some standard treatments may have side effects that patients and doctors would prefer to avoid, if possible. So patients may seek help through clinical studies. Patients who participate in studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disease and potential new treatments.