Clinical trials are research studies. The cancer treatments used today started as clinical trials.
There are many different purposes for clinical trials:
Participation in a clinical trial is 100% voluntary. This means you can withdraw from the study at any time if you or your medical team decide the clinical trial is no longer the best option for you.
Clinical Trials are tested in a series of phases that must be followed carefully in order for a new treatment to be approved for commercial use. New testing of a treatment will begin with small populations of volunteers to determine safety and dosing parameters before moving into larger patient populations to establish the treatment as a working alternative to other commercially available treatments.
As with any treatment option, a clinical trial has possible benefits and drawbacks. Please discuss the following with your provider:
For more information about Clinical Research and cancer diagnoses you can access the following sites: