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Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

As part of your treatment at the Swedish Cancer Institute, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical-research trial. A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer-research process. Clinical trials give patients access to promising new medications and procedures before they are widely available. Such trials are also the primary way that progress is made in finding better approaches to treatment and cure.

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.


Clinical cancer research is a vital component of the Swedish Cancer Institute.  The Swedish Cancer Institute’s research division works closely with other medical and research organizations, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies. It offers clinical trials through a wide variety of organizations, such as the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG); the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU); the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG); and Swedish’s own physician-initiated research.

All of this research effort is aimed at:

  • Testing approaches to preventing cancer
  • Detecting various types of cancer in very early stages
  • Finding new treatments or more effective combinations of treatments
  • Improving the quality of life for cancer patients