Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Through clinical trials, doctors find new ways to improve treatments and quality of life for people with certain diseases.
Did you know that all the standard medical treatments that we use today have been tested in clinical trials?
Clinical trials are the last step in a lengthy process that starts with lab research. Before testing a new treatment on people, researchers spend many years studying its effects on cancer cells in the lab and in animals. They also try to understand the side effects it might cause. Irish Cancer Society has an easy-to-follow info-graphic explaining this further on their website.
If you or someone you know needs cancer treatment, you can consider participating in a clinical trial. Trials are available for all stages of cancer, not only for advanced cases that don’t respond to treatment. Talk to your doctor about clinical trials that might be an option for you.