The decision to take part in a clinical trial is an important one and you are likely to have questions. We hope to guide discussions with your family and treatment team and help you decide whether a clinical trial is right for you.
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study to determine whether a new drug, combination of drugs, procedure or medical device is safe and effective. Sometimes clinical trials explore different ways of using treatments to make them more effective, easier to use and/or decrease side effects. Clinical trials may also be done to learn how to best use a treatment in a specific group of people.
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Types of clinical trials
- Treatment Studies – Test new or different approaches to treatment.
- Prevention Studies – Focus on preventing disease or stopping diseases from returning.
- Diagnostic Studies – Identify new and improved tests or new procedures for diagnosing particular diseases or conditions.
- Screening Studies – Test to find the best ways to detect diseases or conditions.
- Quality of Life Studies – Evaluate the effects of treatments on comfort and quality of life.
- Post-Surveillance Studies – Follow the effects of an approved therapy after widespread use.