Clinical Research Studies

What is a clinical research study?

Clinical research studies help scientists and doctors explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective in humans. Before a new drug or device can be used for treatment, it must go through several phases of research:

Phase 1

Initial testing of investigational drugs to find a safe dose and see how they affect the human body.

Phase 2

To learn whether an investigational drug has an effect on certain cancers and how it affects the body.

Phase 3

To compare an investigational drug (or new use of an approved drug) with current, standard treatments.

Phase 4

Continued research after an investigational drug is approved for certain uses.

Are clinical research studies safe?

While your safety is our number one priority, there are always risks to clinical study participation. These risks include possible side effects caused by the study drug or the health assessments you will receive during the study.

The study doctor will explain all the potential risks associated with the study drug and answer any questions you have. You must attend all study visits so the study staff can monitor your health and make sure you are safe.

Can I leave the study once it has started?

Study participation is completely voluntary. You are not required to participate in the study, and you can end your participation at any time, for any reason. If you think you would like to stop participating in the study, talk to the study doctor. If you decide to leave the study early, the study doctor may ask that you return to the study clinic for a final visit to ensure your health and safety. There will be no negative impact on the care you receive.

While study participation is your choice, staying in the study helps us collect important information about how the study drug works and whether it could work as an effective therapy option.

Can I see my regular doctor, or other doctors, during the study?

You can visit any doctor to meet your health needs during the study. You should let your study doctor know that you will be seeing another doctor and if any new medication has been prescribed. You should also let your other doctors know that you are participating in a clinical study.

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