Learn About Cancer Clinical Trials
Why Are Cancer Clinical Trials Important?
Cancer clinical trials are no longer seen as a last resort for
cancer patients who had no other treatment choices. Today, patients often
choose to receive their first cancer treatment in a clinical trial for many
Cancer patients who take part in a trial may be helped by the
treatment they receive. Trial participants receive either the standard of
care—what scientists consider the most effective known treatment available—or
the new medication or procedure under study. Cancer trial participants have
access to the latest drugs, procedures, and other types of treatment. Although
there is no guarantee that a new treatment will be effective, many trial
participants conclude that the possible benefits outweigh the risks. If a new
treatment is effective, patients in clinical trials are among the first to
Clinical trials contribute to the overall knowledge and progress
against cancer. Many of today’s standard treatments for cancer began in
clinical trials. In fact, cancer clinical trials run by cooperative groups have
helped establish the effectiveness of lumpectomy for breast cancer, new
chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, and the combination of chemotherapy and
radiation for advanced cervical cancer. Many people treated for cancer are now
living longer thanks to the knowledge gained through clinical trials.
Cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis. Taking an
active part in your cancer treatment, and knowing that you might be helping to
find a cure by enrolling in a trial, can be an empowering experience.
Search for Trials can guide you to available trials in your area.