HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Clinical Trials & Research - Compass Oncology

Cancer Research: Bringing New Therapies to the Portland and Vancouver Communities

Great strides have been made in effective cancer treatment due in part to new drug therapies researched through clinical trials. Compass Oncology is fortunate to be a member of The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks. Through our participation in US Oncology Research, our oncologists have helped play a role in the development of more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies and we offer clinical trials that are not available anywhere else in the Portland and Vancouver area.

At Compass Oncology, we are cancer specialists that are deeply committed to advancing the science of oncology. Research trials are a critical element in expanding our knowledge and improving cancer care. They provide Compass patients with access to promising new cancer therapies that are not yet available to individuals outside the clinical trial. Cancer patients who participate expand their treatment options and contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge that may help other cancer patients in the future.

Below is further information to help you better understand Clinical Trials:


Clinical trials are a critical component in expanding treatment options for people with all types of cancer. Because all new treatment therapies must be evaluated through clinical trials, the greater the number of people who participate, the faster emerging anticancer therapies can be brought to patients. Clinical trials are also important because they offer hope to people with cancer by providing access to promising new therapies not yet available outside the study.


Clinical trials are designed by physicians and researchers and are conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles. Before the study begins, a protocol is developed describing what will be done in the study, how it will be conducted and why each part of the study is necessary. This research protocol is reviewed by third-party experts to make sure that study is conducted fairly and that patients are well-informed of their rights.  Each study has eligibility criteria for who can or cannot participate in the study, which may include the type of cancer, age, gender, medical history and current health status.


  • Patients have access to promising new therapies not yet available outside the study. These therapies are being studied because doctors hope they will prove more effective or less toxic than the standard treatment.
  • Patients can play an active role in their cancer care by expanding their treatment options.
  • Patients who participate in clinical trials receive first-rate medical care during the trial and throughout treatment. Their overall health is closely monitored.
  • By participating in clinical trials that can help bring new treatments to market, patients are contributing to the greater knowledge of cancer that may help other cancer patients in the future.


  • Participants in randomized studies will not be able to choose the approach they receive.
  • Health insurance and managed care providers may not cover all patient care costs in a study.
  • Therapies under study are not always better than the standard care.
  • New treatments may have unknown side effects or risks.


Patients considering participation in a clinical trial will receive important facts about the study’s purpose and what is involved, such as the tests and other procedures used, possible risks and benefits. Should a patient decide to participate, he or she will be asked to sign a written consent form that outlines the details of the study prior to beginning the trial. However, participation in the trial is completely voluntary and patients may stop at any time.

If you would like more information, you may speak to your oncologist about the available clinical trials.