Research and Clinical Trials
Clinical trials help improve our knowledge of cancer treatments, reduce treatment side effects, enhance our patients’ quality of life during and after treatment,and, most importantly, increase the cure rates for various forms of cancer. Clinical trials assist the oncologist/researcher in determining whether these new or innovative approaches to prevention or treatment of cancer are safe and effective.
It is important to recognize that, while participating in a clinical trial, the patient is carefully monitored by an oncologist researcher and a fully trained research staff. In addition, the researcher, the research site and the staff are all monitored by local agencies empowered solely for protection of human research participants. Prior to enrolling in any clinical trial, a patient begins a process known as “informed consent” that fully details exactly the risks and procedures involved with the trial.
The main advantage for a patient who chooses to enroll in a trial is the opportunity to receive cutting-edge, innovative treatments not currently provided as an existing form of standard treatment.
More information on this topic from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is available.