Cancer clinical trials and research are the basis for virtually any advancement in cancer care. Cancers commonly studied in clinical trials include:
Through the careful study and evaluation of new treatments and therapies, clinical trials help uncover better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Clinical trials are research studies in which patients may volunteer to take part and are part of a long, careful process, which may involve many phases and take many years. First, doctors study a new treatment in the lab. Then they often study the treatment in animals. If a new treatment shows promise, doctors then test the treatment in people. Doctors do this in three to four steps, or phases of clinical trials. Your doctor may offer you a clinical trial as a treatment option.
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, eligible patients may be given the opportunity to participate in select research studies to help evaluate the safety and efficacy of new treatments and increase understanding of the ways to fight cancer.
By conducting independent cancer clinical trials as well as collaborating with physicians from MD Anderson and other nationally recognized research institutions, our patients have access to some of the latest and most advanced trials.
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The trial sponsor may pay for some of your medical care or tests. (Ask your patient access specialist about who pays for these costs before you agree to join.
Banner MD Anderson’s most important job is to protect patients. First, Banner MD Anderson protects patients in cancer clinical trials by following well-planned protocols.
Second, Banner MD Anderson protects patients by using a careful informed consent process.
Third, our Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) protect patients by reviewing protocols and monitoring trials. The IRBs are committees of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, lawyers and patients. They make sure that trials follow federal laws and that patients are protected.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audits the IRBs’ files. Also, FDA officials may visit Banner MD Anderson at any time and review anything they choose related to clinical trials.
Each clinical trial has its own benefits and risks. You may benefit from joining a clinical trial in one of the following ways:
Some possible risks include:
If you are interested in one of the many clinical trials available at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, please complete this form.
Like all clinical trials, those offered through Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center are monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This committee of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, lawyers and patients helps ensure patients are protected and that all federal laws are followed. IRB files are audited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which may visit the facility at any time to review programs and paperwork as well as interview those involved in clinical trials.