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What is a Clinical Trial?

All new cancer treatments must first be tested in clinical trials. Clinical trials evaluate new drugs that are not yet approved by the FDA,  or test new uses for drugs that have already been approved. They also evaluate new combinations of existing drugs and treatments, different dosages of approved drugs, or find the best time to begin using a drug or  treatment

If you volunteer for a clinical trial you will be monitored more frequently and receive more attention due to your participation. You will receive either the treatment under investigation or the best available standard treatment.  A placebo is only used if no standard treatments exist.  Your participation will benefit all cancer patients because it will contribute to what we know about the disease

The clinical trials offered at Northwest Medical Specialties are carefully selected to provide a wider variety of treatment options for our patient population. Most of our clinical trials are available at all NWMS locations.  Our Research Department is made up of experienced professionals dedicated to providing excellent patient care.

Ask your doctor about clinical trials and see if he or she thinks this is an option for you.  Volunteering for a clinical trial is a big step.  Think about  it carefully and ask questions. Members of the Research Department are available to address your concerns.

For More Information

For more information about clinical trials please refer to the following links:

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control