Northwestern's Clinical Trials
The Lurie Cancer Center offers clinical trials or research studies to evaluate a new drug or treatment and to offer innovative therapies that aren't available at other hospitals. Clinical trials increase understanding and knowledge about the best ways to fight cancer. Many of today's most effective standard treatments are based on the results of previous studies.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are considering taking part in a clinical trial, the following information may help you make a treatment decision that is right for you.
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Doctors use clinical trials to learn whether a new treatment is safe and effective. Trials can provide patients with the most current and promising treatment options. Tens of thousands of people are helped each year because they chose to participate in a trial, and millions of other people will benefit from what is learned from the trials.
What kinds of trials are available to you?
Clinical trials often test many different type of:
- New drugs or vaccines
- New ways to do surgery
- New ways to do radiation
- New combination therapies and treatments
- New ways to manage the side effects of cancer treatments
Would you like to learn more about clinical trials here at the Lurie Cancer Center?Contact Peggy Gilbertsen RN, Clinical Trials Recruitment Nurse at 312-695-1102.
Additional information about Clinical Cancer Trials:
- National Cancer Institute: www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network: http://www.nccn.com/understanding-cancer/855.html
- American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/clinicaltrials/app/clinical-trials-matching-service