What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a study to evaluate a new treatment.

Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, or new combinations of treatments.

Many years of research go into the development of a new drug or treatment.

However, treatments that work well in the lab or in animals do not always work well in people. Therefore studies must be done with volunteer patients to determine whether the promising treatments are safe and effective.

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials are essential for progress in treatment of all diseases, not just cancer.

Each study is designed to answer scientific questions and to find new and better ways to treat diseases such as cancer.

If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become the new standard treatment that can help many patients.

Because of progress made through clinical trials, many people treated for cancer are now living longer and have a better quality of life.