Clinical trials are research studies people volunteer to take part in. They test new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat or manage cancer.
Clinical trials may be an option for people at different places in their cancer journey.
By taking part in a clinical trial, you may have access to cancer treatments that are not yet available to other Canadians, including surgery, radiation, drug treatments or a combination of different treatments. Clinical trials also test better ways to manage symptoms caused by cancer.
There is no promise that you will benefit from taking part in a clinical trial, but the information gained may help other patients in the future. The information gained from a clinical trial may help decide if a new treatment is safe and effective. The standard cancer treatments used today were made and tested in clinical trials years ago.
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