Clinical trials are carefully designed and supervised scientific research studies involving people.
In cancer clinical trials, you are given the opportunity to voluntarily take part in a research study that your oncologist feels may help to slow or stop your cancer from growing or provide a better quality of life.
Clinical trials play an important role in advancing medical knowledge and turn medical progress into a reality. Clinical trials are the final steps in a process which often began in the laboratory.
All treatments and interventions used today are the result of past successful clinical trials.
Patient participation in clinical trials is essential to learning more about cancer and its treatment. Every patient should have the opportunity to participate.
The ultimate goal of cancer clinical trials is to cure cancer by finding better ways to:
Cancer clinical trials may involve:
Clinical trials provide the proof needed to bring new and better cancer treatments and interventions to patients. They change the standards of care and provide better ways of preventing cancer and detecting it earlier.
For more information, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society.