What are clinical trials?
Clinical studies are research studies that involve people. In cancer, clinical trials are designed to test new ways to treat and prevent cancer. They can also test ways to manage symptoms or side effects from treatment. Most treatments we use today are the results of past clinical trials.
Should I participate in a clinical trial?
This is a personal choice that patients must make for themselves with the information given by the doctor. Clinical trials offer the patients the chance to participate in cutting-edge research that may help them. At the same time, patients have the chance to be a part of improving cancer care in the future.
What is the goal of clinical trials?
Cancer clinical trials are designed to test new ways to:
- Treat cancer
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Prevent cancer
- Manage symptoms of cancer or side effects from its treatment