About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies in which people with either a high risk for cancer or diagnosis of the disease help physicians find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer as well as improve quality of life of cancer survivors.

It is important that men and women of all ages and backgrounds take part in clinical trials. Each trial has eligibility criteria or rules about who can and cannot participate. You should talk to your doctor about whether you are eligible for a clinical trial.

People who participate in clinical trials are the first to benefit from successful new approaches. They also help scientists and physicians learn more about cancer and make contributions to the field of medical science.

For more information

Hoosier Cancer Research Network

CancerTrialsHelp.org (Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups)

Clinical Trials (American Cancer Society)

Clinical Trials (National Cancer Institute)