About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials offer a chance to receive investigational medicines or procedures that experts think might improve the treatment of cancer. This important option is not limited to people who have run out of choices. In fact, there may be clinical trials for every stage of disease in dozens of cancer types. 

Why joining a clinical trial may be an option worth considering.

  • Clinical study participants receive regular and careful medical attention and are closely observed for safety concerns. During the study, researchers must inform you of any new risks, benefits, or side effects they discover.

  • Clinical trials produce high-quality data for healthcare decision making. The purpose of clinical trials is to answer scientific questions. Therefore, these studies follow strict, scientific standards which protect patients and help produce reliable clinical trial results.

  • Clinical trials are an important step in discovering new treatments for breast cancer and other diseases as well as new ways to detect, diagnose, and reduce the risk of disease. Clinical trials show researchers what does and doesn't work in people.

 Benefits and Risks of Participating in a Clinical Trial

  • Access to a treatment that isn't available yet.
  • Regular and careful attention from some of the best doctors.
  • Treatment that may be free or low cost. 
  • Contributing to research that may save lives in the future. 
  • The feeling that you're taking an active role in your care.