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The Montana Cancer Consortium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring "state of the art" cancer treatment to Montana and Northern Wyoming through clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

 
OncoLink Cancer Resource Home 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 sure 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.