Clinical Trials

Bringing the latest innovations to your local cancer center

The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center participates in the Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The program supports clinical research studies of new cancer treatments that may improve the quality of life for patients today and the standard of cancer care in the future. Our access to the NCI clinical trials is bolstered by our unique affiliation with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), a top cancer research facility and one of just three NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. This affiliation brings the expertise of this “Top 10” cancer research facility to benefit your own cancer journey close to home.

Contact our clinical trials team | (707) 967-3698

As our patient, you gain the advantage of new, experimental cancer therapies that are not available at other treatment centers. Upon approval, you may participate in a unique clinical trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. You will also benefit from our direct connection with UCSF’s cancer specialists. They share their expertise regularly through consultation with our oncologists. The medical staff at UCSF and the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center hold joint conferences on challenging cancer cases to determine the best course of treatment, and physicians at the Martin- O’Neil Cancer Center serve as liaisons to enroll appropriate patients in clinical trials. You will not have to travel to San Francisco to benefit from these trials.

Our Clinical Trials Team

Together with our medical director, our clinical trials team connects patients to appropriate clinical trials, monitors treatment protocols and monitors regulatory aspects of research programs. Reach our team by calling (707) 967-3698.

Jennifer DeBattista, Research and Clinical Trials Coordinator

Shalese Canby, Clinical Research Data Analyst

Clinical Trials through UCSF

The clinical trials at UCSF are research studies that test the effectiveness of new cancer drugs, diagnostic procedures and various cancer therapies. Clinical staff at UCSF will closely monitor your case and trial sponsors may cover costs that your insurance does not cover.

Types of clinical trials include:

Preventive Trials: test various medicines, vitamins, minerals, supplements and lifestyle changes that may lower the risk of cancer.

Treatment Trials: test new treatments, including new cancer drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy or new combinations of different therapies.

Screening and Observational Trials: test the best way to detect cancer, focusing particularly on finding cancer in its early stages.

Quality of Life Trials: investigate the ways to improve the comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.

Every clinical trial has a protocol, or study plan, that describes what will be done during the trial, how the trial will be conducted and why each part of the trial is necessary. The protocol also includes guidelines for who can and cannot take part in the trial. If you are interested in joining a trial, you will receive medical tests to be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements.