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Clinical Trials/Research Information

What Happens In A Clinical Trial?

In a clinical trial, patients receive treatment and doctors carry out research on how the treatment affects the patients. While clinical trials have risks for the people who participate, each study also takes steps to protect patients.

When you take part in a clinical trial, you receive your treatment in a cancer center, hospital, clinic, and/or doctor’s office. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals may be a part of your treatment team. They will follow your progress closely. You may have more tests and doctor visits than you would if you were not taking part in a study. You will follow a treatment plan your doctor prescribes, and you may also have other responsibilities such as keeping a log or filling out forms about your health. Some studies continue to check on patients even after their treatment is over.

How Is The Research Carried Out? How Are Patients Protected?

In clinical trials, both research concerns and patient well-being are important. To help protect patients and produce sound results, research with people is carried out according to strict scientific and ethical principles.

The study's investigator, usually a doctor, prepares an action plan for the study. Known as a protocol, this plan explains what will be done in the study and why. It outlines how many people will take part in the study, what medical tests they will receive and how often, and the treatment plan. The same protocol is used by each doctor that takes part in the study.

Current Clinical Trials

For a complete list of the current Clinical Trials, go to the UC Physicians website.