What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies with people. They are designed for all kinds of diseases, including cancer. Clinical trials look at cancer therapies in organized, detailed ways. They exist to help determine the best standard of care (which treatment is better) and better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Clinical trials are the only way to find out what new approaches to prevention, screening, treatment and survival work better than existing ones.

To learn more about clinical trials, watch this brief video and take a look at the National Cancer Institute's Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers page. Also visit Alliance Trials to learn more about active Alliance and other National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) trials.