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What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies that involve patient volunteers to help find different ways to treat diseases, such as cancer. Each study is designed to answer specific scientific questions and find potentially better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.
Why are clinical trials important?
Clinical trials are vital to the fight against cancer because they determine if a new treatment is safe and effective. Today’s research will help us improve tomorrow’s cancer care.
What happens during a clinical trial?
When someone chooses to take part in a clinical trial, the care they receive is much like the care they would otherwise receive. However, there is often additional monitoring to learn about the potential side effects and benefits of the clinical trial. Some trials study new drugs, devices or combination therapy. Throughout the trial, patients are monitored closely by their physician and research nurses who are specially trained in cancer research.
Should I participate in a clinical trial?
This is a very personal decision. Your healthcare team can help you determine if a clinical trial is right for you. We encourage you to talk with your family and loved ones before deciding. Clinical trials may be found to be more or less effective than current standard treatments and may have side effects not yet known. You will be informed of these risks as much as possible, but be assured that your healthcare team will give you the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.