Many patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) receive promising therapies by taking part in clinical trials. These research studies are done by physician-scientists from SCCA, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine. They test new treatments or new ways to use current treatments.
Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of clinical trials. We offer more active clinical trials than anywhere else, which means more treatment options for patients like you.
For some people, taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice. For breast cancer patients, this means:
- Our surgeons offer several innovative treatment approaches through clinical trials, such as a study to figure out if radiation therapy is as effective as surgery to treat cancer in lymph nodes under the arm. Radiation therapy carries a lower risk of lymphedema.
- SCCA participates in national clinical trials to study different radiation doses, schedules, and delivery methods; whether all women need radiation to their lymph nodes; and other ways to reduce side effects and improve results.
- Our medical oncologists lead clinical trials to find new, more effective breast cancer drugs and delivery methods with fewer side effects for every type and stage of breast cancer.