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Changing health, creating hope

Scientific breakthroughs are meaningless unless we can apply that knowledge to improve patient outcomes. At Providence Health & Services and our affiliates, researchers work tirelessly to translate scientific discovery in the lab to patient treatment in the hospital.

Our physicians and scientists work side by side to create solutions, ensuring that patients benefit from the latest advancements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. With more than 2,300 ongoing clinical trials and research studies, we have the opportunity—and responsibility—to make a true impact on human health.

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A randomized, double-blind, phase 2 trial of platinum therapy plus etoposide with or without concurrent vandetanib



Immunotherapy stopped advanced melanoma in its tracks

ChuckHowardWhen Chuck Howard’s symptoms began, they weren’t alarming—just some “minor discomforts” near what he assumed was his gallbladder. A scan revealed his body was riddled with dozens of tumors, including one above his right kidney with a mass the size of a baseball.

Chuck was diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a skin cancer that had gone undetected while it spread throughout his system. Metastatic melanoma kills 95 out of 100 patients within five years. He didn’t have many good treatment options until he heard about a new study at Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Or., that combined high-dose radiation with interleukin-2, a powerful immunotherapy.

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