Clinical trials are research studies of new treatments that involve patients. By testing new drugs or combinations of drugs, each study is designed to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer, to improve the quality of life of the patient, and to answer scientific questions. The overall goal of conducting clinical trials
is to improve cancer care, particularly overall survival.
Whether or not to participate in a clinical trial is one of the critical decisions you and your oncologist may have to make in the course of your cancer treatment. It is vital to be able to discuss clinical trials and other options knowledgeably with your oncologist when you are making treatment decisions.
The more information you have about clinical trials and other resources that are available to you, the better and more fruitful
that discussion will be.