Our investigators examine every angle of the disease, from screening and prevention to cancer’s genetic and genomic underpinnings. Our work explores the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments, quality-of-life issues associated with the disease, and the economic burden of cancer at the individual, family, community, and health system level.
We have been conducting oncology clinical trials in the Kaiser Permanente delivery system since 1972, beginning with the pioneering work of Andrew Glass, MD, who founded the oncology department at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW). Other cancer researchers have used KPNW’s comprehensive tumor registries to study cervical, breast, prostate, and other major cancers. Cancerous tissue samples, stored by the KPNW Department of Pathology since 1971, are linked to data-rich health records, providing a unique wealth of information to help scientists link lifestyle, diet, and family history to cancer risk.
We continue to carry out a wide variety of oncology trials in the real-world clinical environment of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest and Hawaii regions. In the Northwest, this work is coordinated by Clinical Research Support Services, a centralized department within CHR that provides key support not only to our investigators, but also to KP physicians who wish to conduct research.