Clinical trials are vitally important to the advancement of cancer
treatments and are usually designed to determine if a new drug or
treatment is effective. By conducting clinical trials, Columbia St.
Mary's not only plays a role in progressing cancer treatments, but also
provides patients with additional treatment options. These options could
include a new investigational drug or a new treatment combination which
would include the standard treatment for the disease.
Every clinical trial has strict guidelines regarding informed consent, eligibility, and follow-up care, as well as a detailed description of all risks and possible side effects. Clinical research trials offer another option to your treatment plan.
Clinical trials provide opportunities for patients to:
Take a more active role in their care and treatment
Gain access to investigational drugs, treatments and disease management
Contribute to medical research
We have several trials open for enrollment: Find A Trial
Improving patient care is at the heart of Columbia St. Mary's cancer research. We focus on:
Treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy
Methods for improving care
Identifying barriers to cancer care
Management of symptoms and side effects
Quality of life
Columbia St. Mary's is currently participating in studies initiated by our own physicians and staff as well as studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. We also participate in the National Cancer Institute’s sponsored cooperative groups clinical trials. Columbia St. Mary's is a member of the Wisconsin Oncology Network, a regional cancer clinical trial network with the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Carbone Cancer Center. The Wisconsin Oncology Network provides patients the opportunity to enroll in select clinical trials that are available through the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Columbia St. Mary's has several different studies available for many types of cancer. Clinical trials are available for solid tumor and blood cancers. Clinical trials are also available for metastatic cancer and for managing side effects of cancer therapy.
For more information about cancer clinical trials at Columbia St. Mary's, please call us at (414) 298-7267 for oncology trials, or (414) 291-1517 for radiation oncology trials.