Q: What is a clinical trial?

A: A clinical trial is a study that helps doctors and researchers find better ways to prevent, treat or diagnose diseases such as cancer. Trials are conducted in cancer centers, hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices. Clinical trials answer important scientific questions that can improve care. A new drug or treatment may be compared with current drugs or treatments. All of today’s successful treatments for cancer are based on results of clinical trials done in the past.

Q: What are some of the benefits of being part of a clinical trial through NCRC?

A: Participation in a clinical trial provides early access to promising new treatments. You can continue to be surrounded and supported by your family and friends here at home during a physically and psychologically demanding time.

Q: What are types of clinical trials?

A: Three types of clinical trials are offered by the Nebraska Cancer Research Center: Treatment trials, which compare standard treatments to new treatments; Quality of Life trials which look for ways to improve the comfort of cancer patients and survivors; and Prevention trials which try to find out if there are ways to stop cancer from starting.

Q: What do I do if I want to volunteer to participate in a clinical trial?

A: People 19 and older and of all genders, and ethnic backgrounds are needed for trials. Talk with your oncologist to see if you qualify for a trial or call us at the Nebraska Cancer Research Center at (402) 483-2827 or (800) 487-8786.