HealthBreak | Missoula Cancer Center Clinical Trials
The Montana Cancer Center at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula is now part of the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program - known as NCORP - which joins the nation's best medical researchers with the doctors at the cancer center to conduct clinical trials. "There are cancer prevention studies to identify and evaluate interventions to reduce cancer risk and incidents," explains Tim Descamps, CRA - executive director of Providence Research in Western Montana discusses the studies. "There are cancer control studies, to reduce incidence and co-morbidity, cancer screening studies to evaluate early diagnosis and cancer reoccurrence, and outcomes research, that looks at population health studies." Cancer treatments are evolving so quickly, that many times clinical trials are the best way to provide patients with the most advanced cancer care. "Often, these are treatments that are not available anywhere else," says Tim. "Clinical cancer trials offer therapeutic options that aren't available anywhere else. Western Montana cancer patients are able to get same the kind of care at Providence St. Patrick Hospital that they would receive at any major cancer center in the country." To learn more, visit http://mtcancer.org.