A clinical trial is a type of research study conducted to discover new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. These studies, and the volunteers who make them possible, are invaluable in our efforts to improve the care of patients with cancer. Nearly all cancer treatments used today were studied and first made available to patients through clinical trials.
Here at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) our researchers and physician scientists are dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer and using that knowledge to develop more effective cancer therapies and prevention strategies. Clinical trials are an essential part of that process.
If your doctor offers you treatment through a clinical trial, your voluntary participation would play an essential part in the process of discovery. A trial follows the progress of a disease and sometimes may span many years. Throughout this time, every trial is carefully monitored to assure each patient’s protection. If you are told you are eligible for a trial, and choose to participate, your health and well-being will always be the first priority throughout the course of your participation.