Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Cancer Clinical Trials at Kaiser Permanente

May 01, 2012

By Dr. Lou Fehrenbacher, Dr. Samantha Seaward, and Dr. Minggui Pan

Newer, safer, and more effective medical treatments can only be developed through clinical trials. A new cancer drug or radiation treatment takes many years to develop and goes through several phases of clinical trials. Some clinical trials test combinations of currently approved drugs to see which combination is better and safer.

Providing our cancer patients with access to clinical trials is an important element of state-of-the-art cancer care. Over the past two decades, the Kaiser Permanente Oncology Clinical Trials program has contributed to many important trials that have resulted in new and better cancer treatments. For example, the clinical trial testing herceptin treatment in patients with early stage breast cancer, NSABP B-31, continues to save thousands of lives every year.

Our commitment to clinical trials has been nationally recognized with many awards. Most recently, the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), one of the largest cancer clinical trials organizations in the world, recognized the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) program for its contributions to clinical trials research.

We are also a member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), the national organization for clinical trials involving radiation therapy. KPNC is one of the top contributors to these national RTOG clinical trials.

If you are interested in a cancer clinical trial, talk to your oncologist. At any given time, we have about 50 clinical trials open for different types of cancer. Click on the Clinical Trials tab to learn more.

We wish you all the best.

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