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Why volunteer for a trial?

The benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:

  • Access to new treatments that are not available as standard options;
  • If the new treatment is proven to be more effective than standard therapy, you may be one of the first to benefit;
  • Close monitoring by your physician and the research team;
  • The opportunity to make a difference and improve treatments for future generations

Treatment risks and side effects exist with both standard care and clinical trials. Many safeguards are in place to protect patients in clinical trials. All therapies being evaluated in clinical trials have already been carefully studied in a laboratory and were determined to have potential value for patients.   

Once a patient decides to register for a clinical trial and treatment begins, he or she is carefully monitored by physicians, research nurses, and clinical staff.  Blood tests, x-rays, and other procedures are performed regularly to detect and record any health changes.