For Patients

The best cancer care happens when a team of world-class cancer specialists takes the time to know and care for you—body, mind and spirit. It’s not easy to find. But it’s the kind of care that happens every day, for every patient at the Cancer Partnership. Everyone and everything you need to receive this personal level of care and support is right here.

At the Cancer Partnership, we go beyond the expected, doing everything we can to support you throughout the cancer treatment journey.

Getting started with your treatment



When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, nothing is more important than getting started with the treatment plan. We make it easy for you to do—all under the roof. You’ll have a team of cancer experts who work closely with you to develop the personalized treatment plan that’s best for you. Receiving coordinated care from a world-class medical team and facility that are close to home lets you focus on what matters most: fighting your cancer. 

You don't get one doctor, you get an integrated team

At the Cancer Partnership, our integrated team approach ensures that you get access to the combined skills and experience of numerous healthcare professionals focused on one thing: your treatment. Our teams meet regularly, at what we call cancer conferences, where cases are reviewed and discussed. This forum allows for a wide range of experts to be involved in our patients’ treatment process. Which means that you will receive the best possible treatment for your specific needs. By joining forces on your behalf, our team provides a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that’s right just for you. 
 

Learning all you can about your type of cancer can help you prepare for the treatment journey.



We know that understanding everything you can about your cancer is important. Here you’ll find up to date information about the cancers we treat. The answers to many questions are just a click away.


Support services for you and your family



Our team approach to cancer treatment brings you the benefits of support services for you and your family. We provide most of these services in-house so there is no need for you to get referrals or run around to other locations. This makes it easy to get the support you want and need, whether it’s pain management, acupuncture, a nutritional consultation or some time to talk with a counselor.
 
For more information on all the support services available to you, contact the Patient Navigator or any member of your care team.


See all of the support resources the Cancer Partnership has to offer.


Clinical Trials

Phases

Most clinical research that involves the testing of a new drug progresses in a series of steps called phases. This allows researchers to ask and answer questions in a way that results in reliable information about the drug and protects the patients.

Clinical trials are usually classified into one of four phases:

Phase I - Find the right drug dose.

These studies evaluate how a new drug should be given (by mouth, injected into the blood, or injected into the muscle), how often, and what dose is safe.

Phase II - Find out the efficacy of the drug.

A Phase II trial continues to test the safety of the drug, and begins to evaluate how well the new drug works. These studies usually focus on a particular type of cancer.

Phase III - Find out if the drug saves life.

These studies test a new drug, or a new combination of drugs, in comparison to the current standard. A participant is usually assigned to the standard group or the new group at random. Phase III trials often enroll large numbers of people and may be conducted at many doctors' offices, clinics, and cancer centers nationwide and worldwide.

Phase IV - Find additional side effects (if any).

After a treatment has been approved and is being marketed, it is studied in a Phase IV trial to evaluate side effects that were not apparent in the Phase III trial. Thousands of people are involved in a Phase IV trial.

Clinical Trials Oversight

An Institutional Review Board/Independent Ethics Committee (IRB/IEC), also known as ethical review board, is a group formally designated to review and monitor biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects.

In accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations, an IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove research. An IRB performs critical oversight functions for research conducted on human subjects that are scientific, ethical, and regulatory.

Clinical Research

Clinical trials are research studies that give patients access to investigational medications to improve their health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.

Patients at the Cancer Partnership have the opportunity to take part in some of the country's most exciting clinical research. Currently, the program has 15 physician investigators in medical, radiation, surgical and thoracic oncology, and more than 20 trials are available, including Phase III and IV national trials.

Currently enrolling for:


Visit http://clinicaltrials.gov/ to learn more or contact us by calling (425) 297-5577 or (425) 297-5531 or by email.

Types of Trials

Treatment trials test investigational treatments such as new cancer drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods.

Prevention trials test new approaches, such as medicines, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that doctors believe may lower the risk of a certain type of cancer. These trials look for the best way to prevent cancer in people who have never had cancer or to prevent cancer from coming back or a new cancer occurring in people who have already had cancer.

Screening trials test the best way to detect cancer, especially in its early stages.

Quality of life trials explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.