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Clinical Trials

Definition

Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research.  They help doctors to learn what types of new treatments might be effective.  A clinical trial may not be right for everyone, and everyone may not necessarily qualify.  If you think you might be interested in a clinical trial, talk to your doctor to see if this would be a good fit for you.  Clinical trials are usually done in phases and the phases build off of each other.  There are phases 0-IV and each one has a different goal.  Goals for clinical trials often look to see if a new drug works, if it is safe, if the treatment is effective, if it is better than what is already out there, and anything else that might be important to know.  There are some important things to consider if you are thinking of joining a clinical trial.  It might be  helpful to look at what phase the trial is in, who will be in charge of your care, what all is involved in the trial, what tests you might need, and if insurance will cover it.  Please check with your oncologist about which clinical trials would be best for you.

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