Clinical Trials Frequently Asked Questions
Patience are the essence of clinical trials. The more people participate in clinical trials, the faster we can answer the critical research questions that will lead us to better treatment and preventions options for all cancers!
What is a Clinical Trial?
It is a study that attempts to answer scientific questions and translate results into better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.
How Does a Clinical Trial Work?
Each trial follows a specific plan or ‘recipe’, sometimes known as a protocol. Protocols are blueprints which outline:
- Purpose of the study
- How many people will participate
- Who is eligible to participate
- How will the study be carried out
- What information will be gathered
Are There Benefits to a Clinical Trial?
- For the studies conducted here, you will receive, at a minimum, the best standard treatment.
- You may have a chance to help others and improve cancer care.
- If a new treatment or intervention is proven to work, you may be among the first to benefit.
What are the Risks?
"I don't want to be a guinea pig!"
- You are NOT a guinea pig.
- The studies conducted here, will always offer at least the best standard treatment determined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
- Even if a new treatment has benefits, it may not work for you.
Will I Be Safe?
Yes. There are strong safeguards to protect those who participate in research. Federal regulations ensure that you are told about the possible benefits, risks, and purpose of the research before participating.