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ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS

WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS?

A clinical trial is one of the final stages of pre-clinical, long and careful research process. Clinical trials utilize patient volunteers to help investigate different ways to treat cancer. Clinical Trials involve the use of investigational drugs known as Investigational Products, or Study Drugs, and different drug delivery methods. Studies are conducted to determine how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Findings from clinical trials will contribute to finding promising approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that are safe and effective.

WHO CAN BE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

People with the specified condition, as well as, healthy people can volunteer to participate in a study. The FDA has very strict requirements that specify which studies involve healthy volunteers and which studies involve patients  with the condition being studied.

The physician conducting the study will review each volunteer’s medical history and the study requirements to determine who can participate.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

There are many reasons as to why someone would want to participate in clinical trials:

  • You will have the opportunity to test an investigational treatment before it is available to the general population

  • You will have an opportunity to help researchers find answers and the best medicines

  • You may benefit from an alternative course of treatment that you or your physician might not otherwise have known about

  • You can play a more active role in your own healthcare

  • You will receive personalized monitoring by Dr. Gabrail

  • You will learn new information about your condition, as well as meeting people with similar conditions

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