Clinical Trials

Cancer clinical trials are medical research studies where people participate as volunteers to test new methods of prevention, screening, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Typically clinical trials are something you want to discuss with your doctor at the time of your diagnosis. There are numerous different types of cancer trials, many of which are specific to certain types of cancer, or even certain stages of cancer.

Resources
There are numerous clinical trials available for nearly every type of cancer and every stage of cancer. Most of these clinical trials are either funded privately or through the federal government. Below you’ll find three links that you can use to help find clinical trials that apply to you and your diagnosis.

Questions to Ask
Beginning a clinical trial can be scary and leave some patients with a feeling of uncertainty. We’ve provided a list of possible questions you can ask your doctor or provider to help give you more information as you consider clinical trials.
  • What is the purpose of the trial?
  • How do the researchers believe that the treatment being studied may be better than the one being used now?
  • How long will I be in the trial?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  • How will the doctor know if the treatment is working?
  • How long do I have to make up my mind before the trial begins?
  • What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
  • Will I have to pay for any of the treatments/tests?
  • How far will I have to travel to participate in this trial?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital during the clinical trial? If so, for how long?
Printable Clinical Trial Questions List