Why Are Clinical Trials Important?

The dramatic progress that has been made in treating cancer over the past three decades has predominantly come from scientific research, including the testing of new medications and procedures. These clinical trials are designed to identify new, more effective therapies. The patients who participate in these investigative studies gain access to the very latest changes in cancer care developed by the nation's foremost cancer specialists.

Clinical trials provide a way to explore the most effective means to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Benefits of clinical trials include the following:

  • They show the effectiveness of new cancer treatments.
  • They provide options for people with cancer, while allowing physicians to improve the way they prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
  • These trials also give those participating access to the latest advances available in the nation.
  • Clinical trials can help benefit future generations.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about a clinical trial that might be right for you.