Find a Cancer Care Clinical Trial

Why participate in a clinical trial?

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, Ascension 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

What is the focus of cancer clinical trials?

 Improving patient care is at the heart of Ascension Columbia St. Mary's cancer research. We focus on: 

  • Treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy

  • Methods for improving care

  • Patient satisfaction

  • Identifying barriers to cancer care

  • Management of symptoms and side effects

  • Quality of life

How does Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s determine what cancer clinical trials to offer?

Ascension 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. Ascension 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.

What types of cancer clinical trials are available?

Ascension 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.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about cancer clinical trials at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's, please call us at (414) 298-7267 for oncology trials, or (414) 291-1517 for radiation oncology trials.



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