Clinical Trials at Swedish Cancer Institute

What Is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a carefully designed experiment to:

  • Test new approaches to preventing cancer
  • Detect various types of cancer in very early stages
  • Find new treatments or more effective combinations of treatments
  • Improve the quality of life for cancer patients

How Does a Clinical Trial Move Into Cancer Care?

Particularly when new drugs are being tested, clinical trials are conducted in three phases.

Phases of clinical trials

What Cancer Clinical Trials Are Open?

Swedish is one of the leading clinical trial sites in the western United States and is actively involved in hundreds of ongoing clinical trials involving most types of cancer.

Find a clinical trial

What Determines if I Can Participate in a Trial?

Each study has certain guidelines, and only accepts patients with certain characteristics.

Eligibility for clinical trials

Should I Participate if I Am Eligible?

When considering a study, you will go through an informed consent process. This process ensures that you fully understand the procedures of the study. You and your medical team will make this decision together.

Choosing to participate

What Questions Should I Ask When Considering a Trial?

Anyone considering a clinical trial should feel free to ask questions about the clinical trial, cost issues or bring up any issues concerning the trial at any time.

Questions to ask

What Happens if I Join a Trial?

Physicians along with their specially trained research team follow the specific plan and carefully monitor all who participate in a clinical trial.

What to expect

How Much Does It Cost?

Clinical trials are typically sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or the federal government.

Cost of clinical trials