How We Work
We are a foundation that relies on partnerships with regional medical institutions; the work of doctors, researchers, nurses, and volunteers; and, most of all, the involvement of our community. We founded the South Sound CARE Foundation in order to bring leading treatments and clinical trials to Tacoma and the surrounding region and to continue pushing down the path to a cure.
The genomic clinical trial offers a perfect example of how we work—and how you can help. Genomic research provides an unprecedented opportunity to revolutionize cancer treatment, as conventional approaches ignore a fundamental lesson of genomics: that every cancer is different. Currently, the South Sound CARE Foundation is partnering with University of Washington’s Center for Cancer Innovation (CCI) to treat patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in the South Sound Region. This research is expensive, with an approximate cost of $125,000 per patient. With your help, we hope to fund 1-3 cancer patients in the South Sound Region and to potentially find a new solution to eliminate certain types of cancer.
How Our Trials Work
TIt’s no secret—the regulatory process to get medications and treatments approved by the FDA is a slow and expensive one. At the South Sound CARE Foundation, we tend to patients of the Tacoma region with cutting-edge techniques and treatments that are in the process of being approved but have the potential to be more effective than previously approved standard therapy. These treatments have already been through a long and arduous process; they start in a lab, are often tested on animals, and finally, they make it to a point where trials on humans are deemed safe and necessary for further study. Due to this red tape, researchers may find out that a treatment is effective years before it’s approved.
Clinical trials put this groundbreaking science to work on the human body. These trials don’t guarantee success stories, they aren’t necessarily miracle cures—however, they do offer a glimmer of hope when other treatments fail or as supplements to traditional therapy. Not only that, but these trials have the potential to help not only the patient undergoing treatment but all future cancer patients, as we continue to grow our understanding of cancer from these types of trials.