Research & Clinical Trials
A clinical trial is the final stage of the long and careful process required to bring new drugs or treatments to patients everywhere. These studies help find safe and effective approaches to disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The advances that are made as a result of these studies helps to improve the quality of cancer care for everyone.
Once the study has been completed, researchers evaluate the data collected and determine whether to move to the next phase or stop testing the drug, and information will be made available to physicians and to the public. If the treatment is proven safe and effective, it may become the new standard of care.
If you decide you would like to participate in a clinical study, you will work with a research team of doctors, nurses, research coordinators, laboratory staff and other health professionals. They will not only provide care, but will also monitor your health carefully and give you the information that you’ll need to continue participation. You’ll know before you begin participating in the study the treatments that will be administered, possible side affects, and your rights as a participant.
There are a number of benefits that come when you participate in a clinical study. First, it allows you to take an active role in your own health care, and have access to new drugs and treatment protocols before they are widely available to the public. You also have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to cancer research and help thousands of other cancer patients.