What Are Clinical Trials for Cancer?
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WebMDWhat are clinical trials for cancer?
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN: Clinical trials they help us find new and better ways to treat, prevent, and detect cancer. Every participant adds to that knowledge. We learn which patients are likely to respond to which treatments. We learn more about how cancer works. And we might even discover approaches that work for other cancers.
And currently, very few adult cancer patients join trials. Many cancer clinical trials don't get completed because not enough people participate. And without enough information, a promising treatment might never get approved.
WebMDWhat are the benefits?
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREENClinical trials are a path to better cancer diagnosis and treatments. And they're way that researchers can develop them to benefit patients. Cancer clinical trials allow researchers to study innovative and potentially life saving new treatments. The goal, of course, is to find treatments that are better than what's currently available. And participating in a clinical trial may provide a patient with access to a new innovative treatment that isn't otherwise available, and might offer new benefits.
WebMDWhy does diversity matter?
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREENDiversity is extremely important for clinical trials. We know that people are different and that sometimes those differences track across ethnicities and backgrounds and walks of life. And there are other biological differences that can impact how well a treatment will work, or how likely a person will experience a serious side effect. And we need to study treatments in diverse groups of people to understand these differences so that we know what to expect if the treatment is used for patients across the country.
WebMDWhy should I consider a clinical trial?
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREENWe all know someone affected by cancer. One and two men and one in three women in the US will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. So we all know someone who might benefit from understanding clinical trials just a little bit better, and to consider a clinical trial for their care. A decision to participate in a clinical trial today, it may not only help you or your loved one, but also patients in the future. Help spread the message by sharing this video with your family and friends.