Your doctor might give you a choice to participate in a trial for a new cancer drug or treatment, which could prove more effective than conventional treatments. So what should you do? The decision is personal and completely up to you. A little information will help you make an informed decision.
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people to test new ways to:
- Provide supportive care
What are the benefits of taking part in a clinical trial? Taking part in cancer clinical trials gives you an opportunity to contribute to scientific knowledge that has the potential to improve cancer care for others, while you receive state-of-the-art care from an expert cancer research team who pays close attention to monitoring your treatment and recovery. Your research team includes: doctors, nurses, research assistants, data analysts, and other specialists.
Wondering about your safety and protection if you decide to participate? You’re protected by national and international regulations and policies that were developed to ensure research that involves people is conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles.
How do you know if you’re eligible? Talk with your doctor. Every clinical trial has a plan that describes the process, how the trial is conducted, and why each trial section is necessary. This plan also includes guidelines for who can and cannot participate in the trial.
Explore these cancer clinical trials.
Discuss with your doctor which one may be a good option for you. Use this helpful glossary to understand clinical trial documents.