Clinical Trials

What you need to know

Clinical trials are scientific research studies intended to discover better ways to treat or prevent diseases.

  • Doctors use clinical trials to understand the safety and effectiveness of new treatments in patients. Such studies are vital to the development of new treatments for diseases such as cancer.
  • Our goal is for the participantto make an informed decision about participating in a clinical trial and to help them understand the clinical trial process.
  • All clinical trials are voluntary. Participants always have the choice whether or not to take part in a clinical trial. The patient has the right to leave a clinical trial at any time, for any reason. If the patient does decides to leave, the health care team may ask that the participant to continue to be monitored for a period of time to look for any long-term effects of treatment.

How can I get involved in a clinical trial?

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. Consult with you treating physician regarding current clinical trials and the benefits for you.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Please ask your physician to see if you may qualify for a clinical trial.

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