Clinical trials, also called cancer treatment or research studies, test new treatment in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, new support therapies for side effects, or new methods of gene therapy.

Clinical trials are important in two ways.

First cancer affects us all, whether we have it, care about someone who does, or worry about getting it in the future. Clinical trials contribute to knowledge and progress against cancer. If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a new standard treatment that can help many patients. Many of today’s most effective standard treatments are based on previous study results. Clinical trials may also answer important scientific questions and suggest future research directions. Because of progress made through clinical trials, many people treated for cancer are now living longer.

Second, The patients who take part may be helped personally by the treatment(s) they receive. They get up-to-date care from cancer experts, and they receive either a new treatment being tested or the best available standard treatment for their cancer. Of course, there is no guarantee that a new treatment being tested or a standard treatment will produce good results. New treatments may also have unknown risks. But if a new treatment proves effective or more effective than standard treatment, study patients who receive it may be the first to benefit. Some patients receive only standard treatment and benefit from it.

In a clinical trial, patients receive treatment and doctors carry out research on how the treatment affects the patients. While clinical trials have risks for the people who take part, each study takes steps to protect patients. 

When you take part in a clinical trial, you receive your treatment here at CBCC. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals may be part of your treatment team. They will follow your progress closely. You will follow a treatment plan your doctor prescribes, and you also have other responsibilities such as keeping a log or filling out forms about your health. Some studies continue to check on patients even after their treatment is over.

In clinical trials, both research concerns and patient’s well-being are important. To help protect patients and produce sound results, research involving human subjects is carried out according to strict scientific and ethical principles.

Whether you should take part in a clinical trial is a question only you, those close to you, and your health professionals can answer together. While a clinical trial is a good choice for some people, this treatment option has possible benefits and drawbacks. You may want to discuss them with your doctor and the people close to you.

At CBCC, we are committed to the continued improvement of patient care through our research programs. Research is available to patients with cancer or those at high risk for developing cancer. CBCC’s participation in clinical trials consists of a variety of treatments for many types of cancer.

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