Clinical Trials at Prolife
As part of our mission to eliminate cancer, Prolife researchers conduct hundreds of clinical trials to test new treatments for both common and rare cancers. Look through our database to find studies for which you may be eligible.
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies in which patients may volunteer to take part. Prolife uses clinical trials to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Doctors use treatment trials to learn more about how to fight cancer. This guide is for patients who may join a treatment trial.
Clinical trials are part of a long, careful process, which may take many years. First, doctors study a new treatment in the lab. Then they often study the treatment in animals. If a new treatment shows promise, doctors then test the treatment in people. Doctors do this in three to four steps, or phases. Your doctor may offer you a clinical trial as a treatment option.
Before enrolling in a clinical trial
- A statement explaining that the study involves research.
- An explanation of the purposes of the research.
- The expected length of time for participation.
- A description of all the procedures that will be completed during enrollment on the clinical trial.
- Information about all experimental procedures the will be completed during the clinical trial.
- A description of any predictable risks.
- Any possible discomforts (e.g., injections, frequency of blood test etc.) that could occur as a result of the research.
- Any possible benefits that may be expected from the research.
- Information about any alternative procedures or treatment (if any) that might benefit the research subject.
- A statement describing:
- the confidentiality of information collected during the clinical trial,
- how records that identify the subject will be kept
- the possibility that the Prolife may inspect the records.
- For research involving more than minimal risk information including
- an explanation as to whether any compensation or medical treatments are available if injury occurs,
- what they consist of, or
- where more information may be found.
- questions about the research,
- research subjects’ rights,
- injury related to the clinical trial.
- Research subject participation is voluntary,
- Research subjects have the right to refuse treatment and will not losing any benefits for which they are entitled,
- Research subjects may choose to stop participation in the clinical trial at any time without losing benefits for which they are entitled.
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