The Oncology Research Studies Program is an integral component of clinical care at Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care and Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF). Patients have access to oncology clinical trials at multiple sites in the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care system. Combined, the system provides medical care to the majority of people in northern, western, and central Wisconsin.

The Oncology Research Studies Program is staffed with research coordinators, research nurses, administrative support staff and more than 40 oncology physicians or specialists. The success of the clinical research center is largely due to the efforts of the research program personnel and the dedicated efforts of clinical specialists to provide excellence in patient care that improves the health and well-being of our patients. Thus, protocols are aimed at improving quality of life and reduction in cancer incidence and mortality with strict adherence to Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) guidelines.

Sophisticated TeleHealth video technology also provides rural patients access to the latest advances for enrolling and consenting patients. On-line protocols books provide physicians, nurses and coordinators ready access to information pertaining to clinical trials. This system facilitates enrolling and accruing patients in clinical trials.

Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP)

CCOP provides state-of the art cancer research in community based healthcare facilities in central, western and northern Wisconsin. Marshfield Clinic CCOP, one of two in the State of Wisconsin, is in its third decade of sustained funding.

Adult and pediatric cancer patients have access to over 140 clinical treatment, symptom management and cancer prevention trials at any given time. Marshfield Clinic CCOP has consistently contributed to successful clinical trials that exceed accrual goals and facilitate the development of interventions that prevent and treat cancer. CCOP protocols are available through a broad network of cancer groups and projects.

Treatment Trials

This program has over 330 active studies, including 150 adult and pediatric studies open to enrollment.

Cancer Control and Prevention Trials

The goals of this program are to explore new ways to control symptoms of disease or treatment or prevent the development of cancer. This program has explored alternative approaches and innovative methods to control cancer symptoms. The largest current prevention trial, SELECT, has successfully recruited patients and is aimed to explore whether the use of selenium and vitamin E prevents the development of prostate cancer.