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Clinical Research - Testing the newest treatments and providing our patients with access to cutting-edge therapies

Mar 25, 2021, 14:29 PM by Nicole Young
Test beakers

A clinical trial is a research study in which patients participate to help determine the effectiveness of a new medical treatment, procedure or technology. Our Clinical Research program contributes to the development of oncological therapies and advancements that result in a better future for patients here, and around the world. “In the past five to ten years, there has been tremendous progress in the field of oncology research. The increasing number of breakthroughs is enhancing care and treatment for an array of cancer types,” remarked Mukul Gupta, MD, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s director of the Clinical Research Department.

As part of our commitment to keeping the Central Coast at the forefront of modern cancer care, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center partners with US Oncology Research Network, TRIO-US Network, leading pharmaceutical companies and universities. Our new affiliation with the NRG Oncology Network, an NCI funded collaborative, broadens our study portfolio adding Radiation Oncology and Surgical Oncology studies to our strong Medical Oncology pipeline, providing our patients with access to clinical trials at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. Through these networks, we identify and initiate trials based on the science and the need in our community. Currently, we participate in 20 to 30 trials at any given time, spanning diagnoses including breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and more. Our oncologists work with members of the Clinical Research Department to review patient records and identify those who would benefit from the promising new therapies offered in clinical trials. Implementation of these studies requires a team of dedicated physician principal investigators, highlytrained research coordinators as well as regulatory and data specialists. This team is recognized for their focus on patient safety and personalized care, and they compassionately guide patients through each step of their treatment.

The Clinical Research program at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center is made possible thanks to generous support from the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Browse our current clinical trials at For any questions, call (805) 879-0643 or email