What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are studies that involve people and can help find new
Find and diagnose cancer
Manage symptoms of cancer or side effects from its treatment
Clinical trials are done to get a closer look at promising new
treatments or procedures in patients. A clinical trial is only done when
there is good reason to believe that the treatment, test, or procedure
being studied may be better than the one in use now.
Why are clinical trials important?
Clinical trials directly contribute to the fight against cancer. If a
new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a standard
treatment that can help many patients. Many of today’s most effective
standard treatments are based on studies. Second, patients who
participate may be helped personally by the treatment(s) they receive.
They get up-to-date care from cancer experts, and they receive either a
test treatment or the best available standard treatment for their
Will I be told in advance what will happen on the clinical
Yes. You will go through a process called informed consent. During this
process you will receive detailed information about the
treatment/intervention to help you make a decision on whether
participating is right for you. This information will cover why the
study is being done, the expected treatment and procedures, the risks,
and benefits and how long you will be in the study.
Once I join a clinical trial, can I change my mind?
You can decide to stop participating on a clinical trial at any time. We
recommend you contact your doctor and/or research coordinator if you
decide to stop participating to make sure that you are safely removed
from the trial.
Will my withdrawing from a clinical trial effect my treatment?
No your treatment will not be effected in anyway if you choose to no
longer participate in a clinical trial.
Will there be additional financial costs?
All costs that are expected to be incurred while you are receiving
treatment will be discussed with you during the informed consent
process. It is important to discuss this with your doctor and/or
Where can I find additional information about clinical trials: Locally you can contact the Community Cancer Oncology Program
at Main Line Health by contacting Diana Blade at 484-476-2649.
You may call the NCI’s Cancer Information Service at: 1-800-422-6237.
Additional information about clinical trials can also be found at the
following NCI websites:
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.