Disease Associated Working Groups

Disease Associated Working Groups

Sanford Health’s clinical trials portfolio is driven by dedicated working groups. Each group provides direction for the development and oversight of a therapeutic area ensuring the right clinical trials are offered to our patients. Working groups are led by physician experts, clinical research leadership, clinical research professionals and leaders from health care services.

Explore our disease associated working groups below.

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Disease Associated Working Groups

Breast Cancer

Established in 2016 through a generous grant, the Edith Sanford Breast Center is leading the way in offering women the latest in national and international clinical trials.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our breast program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal physicians from across the health system routinely come together to collaborate on clinical practice changes, research opportunities and clinical trials.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our gastrointestinal program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Genitourinary Cancer

Sanford Research offers clinical trials for patients with cancer affecting their genitourinary system.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our genitourinary program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Gynecologic Oncology

Our distinguished program includes the only gynecologic oncology physician in the Sanford Health footprint.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our gynecologic oncology program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Head and Neck

Head and neck physicians from across the health system routinely come together to collaborate on clinical practice changes, research opportunities and clinical trials.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our head and neck program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Hematology and Melanoma

Sanford Research offers clinical trials for patients with melanoma or cancerous blood disorders.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Lung

Sanford Research offers clinical trials for patients with lung cancer.

Our integrated team approach includes:

  • Multidisciplinary case reviews
  • Weekly tumor boards to review new and challenging cases
  • Integration of clinical research staff to evaluate and offer clinical trial selection to every qualified patient
  • Specialized nurse navigators embedded into our lung program, offering guidance to each patient from diagnosis through treatment

Pediatrics

Sanford Health is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group, the largest childhood cancer research organization in the world with over 100 clinical trials.

The pediatric oncology team routinely comes together to collaborate on clinical practice changes, research opportunities and clinical trials. Our pediatric genomic tumor board convenes to discuss and review new and challenging cases.

Our distinguished program is the only pediatric oncology group in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. We also offer the only hemophilia treatment centers in the Dakotas.

Precision Oncology

Our steering committee meets quarterly to improve strategies for gaining access to clinical trials that support genomic alterations and for the development of levels of evidence criteria.

Our enterprise-wide multidisciplinary genomic tumor board includes a collaborative team of experts with experience in cancer and genetics. We develop personalized care plans using genomic testing results. The board meets twice a week with an average of 11 cases presented each week.