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Research and Clinical Trials

PVH Oncology Clinical Research brings innovative cancer research to our region so that people affected by cancer can participate in clinical trials close to home.

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Dr. Robert Marschke discusses innovative cancer trials focused on advancing cancer treatment, early detection, prevention, and symptom management.

Clinical trials provide the global network to discover improved ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. While typically cancer researchers design and approve trials at the national level, the majority of patient participation in clinical trials happens here, at the local level.

Local Access, Global Impact
From partnerships with the National Cancer Institute, to industry-sponsored studies, to Colorado State University, we offer patients a wide array of cancer clinical trial options. The American College of Surgeons-Commission on Cancer recognized our Clinical Research for excellence as part of the Outstanding Achievement Award given to the PVH Cancer network in 2009. View the results of a 2011 Quality Study as part of ACOS-COC accreditation requirements.

Available Trials
Please review our current available clinical trials below. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all of our open clinical trials. Call 970.297.6150 to get more information.

Oncology Clinical Research Team
A team of 13 clinical research nurses and associates, led by Oncology Research Medical Director Robert Marschke, support local access to clinical trials by:


The PVH Oncology Clinical Research Department has sustained a 6-8% clinical trials enrollment rate, as compared to the 2-4% national average. This is significant, because low clinical trials accrual slows progress in cancer research nationwide and globally.

The mission of Poudre Valley Cancer Network's Oncology Clinical Research is:

  • To provide local access to innovative cancer clinical trials with personalized, compassionate and expert patient care.
  • To contribute to finding a cure for cancer through the collection of accurate research data and clinical trials conduct of the highest standard.

Contact: 970.297.6150


New Research for Breast Cancer Treatment, Prevention and Screening 

What if, after finding a suspicious breast lump, you could have a blood draw instead of a biopsy to determine the nature of the mass? Someday, that what-if may become a reality. Learn more in this article featuring UCHealth's Erica Dickson and Dr. Regina Brown.


Study looks at the role of beans and rice bran in preventing and controlling colorectal cancer.


Study team at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference: In front a display about their research are (left to right) UCHealth North's Dr. Robert Marschke, Erica Dickson and Dr. Regina Brown; and Colorado State University's Erica Borresen and Elizabeth Ryan. Learn more.


Click here to listen to a radio interview with Erica Dickson, Oncology Research Manager. Dickson dicscusses what the research team offers.

You can download the audio file by clicking this link. Once the file appears, right-click and select "save as."


Dr. Marschke discusses why Oncology Clinical Research supported American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 and why he enrolled.

Thank you to the 205 community members who came to our facilities to enroll in CPS-3.

The goal of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.


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