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Community Oncology Research Program

A program of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health

Fighting Cancer Through Research

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research study conducted with cancer patients, usually to evaluate a new treatment. Each study is designed to answer scientific questions and to find new and better ways to help cancer patients.

Cancer treatments start with basic research in animal studies. Before a new treatment is tried with patients, it is carefully studied in the laboratory. The best results of animal and laboratory research are tried in patient studies.

The patients in a clinical trial are among the first to receive new research treatments before they are widely available. Standard treatments, although effective in many patients, do not carry certain benefits for everyone. Patients should choose if they want to take part in a study or not, only after they understand both the possible risks and benefits.

Our History

Montana Cancer Consortium has been serving the area since 1977. The Montana Cancer Consortium (MCC) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring state-of-the-art cancer care to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming through National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical research.

Montana Cancer Consortium’s inception was prompted by a need in this vast rural area to unify medical and radiation oncologists to cooperate in bringing state-of-the-art cancer treatment to a population with little access to clinical trials. While individual physician groups were working through various mechanisms to accrue to NCI-sponsored clinical trials, there was no direct, unified effort to make a number of clinical trials available to the majority of this rural population. MCC establishes the unique opportunity for clinical trial participation for all of the service area’s cancer care specialists.

MCC has over 120 active clinical trials available at 19 treatment site locations. Throughout the years, MCC has accrued over 5000 patients to nearly 1000 NCI-sponsored clinical trials. MCC members include board-certified cancer care specialists in the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. MCC receives funding through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) grant mechanism.