Advances in medicine and science are the results of new ideas and approaches developed through research. New cancer treatments must prove to be safe and effective in scientific studies with a certain number of patients before they can be made widely available.
Through clinical trials, researchers learn which approaches are more effective than others. This is the best way to test a new treatment. Today's standard treatments were first shown to be effective in clinical trials. Additional trials will help find new and better treatments.
Am I a candidate for a clinical trial?
Every clinical trial has different patient requirements. Consult your physician or oncologist to determine whether or not a clinical trial is right for you.
For more information, visit the following resources:
Includes links to National Cancer Institute (NCI) articles, including "Clinical Trials: Questions and Answers," "What is a Clinical Trial?," "Should I Take Part in a Clinical Trial?," and more.
Includes "Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know," "The Clinical Trial ABCs," profiles of all the patient advocacy organizations that are members of the Coalition, and a list of open trials offered by all member cooperative groups.
Companion animal clinical trials
The Clinical Investigation Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine develops and facilitates veterinary clinical trials and translational research studies which may lead to new drugs, devices, procedures and treatments for the benefit of animals and humans alike. A current list of oncology clinical trials is available on their website.