What are clinical trials?
Clinical Trials are research studies that explore whether a treatment or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Following extensive research in the laboratory, cancer researchers test new methods on how to identify and diagnose cancer, prevent cancer, and manage side effects from cancer treatments by conducting clinical trials.
The best way to find cancer treatments that are effective in people is by conducting clinical trials, which help determine the standard treatments of the future. With the support of cancer patients who participate in clinical trials, we will be able to find new and better treatments to fight cancer.
Many clinical trials involve immunotherapy, a novel oncological therapy that uses the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer.
Some patients who have not responded to established treatment protocols can benefit from a clinical trial.
For further information about clinical trials, please visit the National Cancer Institute website, here.
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