What Patients Should Know About Cancer Clinical Trials?
Cancer clinical trials are research studies that investigate how well new medical treatments will work in people with early stage or advanced cancers. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease.

There are over 200 kinds of cancer. Every cancer treatment—and every clinical trial—is designed for a very specific type and stage of cancer.
We suggest that you search for new cancer clinical trials each time you review your treatment options. Why? Because studies only enroll patients at very specific times, such as:
  • Just before a biopsy (to study tissue from a tumor)
  • Just before the first surgery or radiation treatment (neo-adjuvant studies)
  • Just after surgery or radiation treatment (adjuvant studies)
  • Soon after a cancer has recurred or spread (metastasized)
  • Soon after you learn that your cancer is spreading despite current treatment