Learn About Clinical Trials for Cancer


Cancer survivors are living longer and have a better quality of life than ever before. None of this would have been possible without clinical trials.

These new advances are occurring every day, giving us hope that even greater discoveries lie ahead.

Through research and clinical trials:

  • Diagnosing cancer has become more precise.
  • Radiation and surgical techniques have advanced.
  • Medications are more successful.
  • Combinations of medical, surgical and radiation therapy are improving our effectiveness and enhancing outcomes.
  • Strategies to address the late effects of cancer and its treatment are improving quality of life.

Clinical trials for cancer are research studies that test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer and other diseases in humans.

Clinical trials have and continue to help cancer survivors live longer and have a better quality of life. Because of research through clinical trials, scientists and cancer researchers have been able to translate discoveries into new treatments for cancer.

About Clinical Trials for Cancer

  • Clinical trials are research studies that involve people and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer and other diseases.
  • Every clinical trial has a protocol that describes what will be done in the trial, how the trial will be conducted, and why each part of the trial is necessary.
  • Regulations and policies have been developed to protect the rights, safety, and wellbeing of people who take part in clinical trials. These policies ensure trials are conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles.
  • Informed consent is a process in which people learn the important facts about a clinical trial to help them decide whether or not to take part in it, or whether to continue participating in it.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clinical Trials