Clinical trials are research studies that test new medical approaches. The Scully-Welsh Cancer Center believes access to clinical trials is an important weapon in the war against cancer and the hallmark of a top cancer care program.

Clinical trials are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. It is through clinical trials that researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. When a person takes part in a clinical study, it adds to the knowledge about cancer and helps improve cancer care.

Types of Clinical Trials

  • Treatment trials test new treatments (a new cancer drug, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments or new methods like gene therapy).
  • Prevention trials test new approaches, such as medicines, supplements or exercising that doctors believe may prevent cancer or lower the risk of a certain type of cancer.
  • Screening trials study the best way to test for and find cancer, especially in its early stages.
  • Quality-of-life trials, or supportive care trials, explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.

Deciding to take part in a clinical trial is an individual, voluntary decision. A clinical trial is an option to obtain access to a possible higher technologically advanced treatment before it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The decision to participate must be made based on many factors, to include the benefits and risks of the study.

Available Clinical Trials

For more information, please contact Layla Landgraf in Oncology Clinical Research at (772) 226-4928 or email [email protected]

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