A clinical trial is a study of a new or different way to treat cancer. Often medicines or other treatments that are not yet proven to be effective with a particular cancer are tested. Such treatments might include hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or new surgical techniques.

People participating in clinical trials receive all other recommended treatments for their cancer and are closely monitored.

Participants in trials must meet the specific guidelines that each clinical trial has in order to be a part of the trial. Sometimes the clinical trials are conducted at major medical centres. Other times the trial participant receives treatment by the primary care doctor at home.

For more information, call the Canadian Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-888-939-3333.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology

Current as ofMay 3, 2017