Clinical trials are extremely important scientific studies required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess new medical treatments, including treatments for breast cancer. There can be benefits for people with breast cancer to participate in a clinical trial.
Read about pros and cons of clinical trial participation here:
Access to New Treatments
Patients gain access to a treatment that is not otherwise available. The treatment may be better than what is already approved for the condition. Treatments can include new medications, medication combinations, stem cell treatments, or surgeries. New biological approaches, such as reducing tumor growth or preventing tumors from growing, are consistently under study for breast cancer. Treatments may also focus on improving the breast cancer patient's general care and quality of life. Before participation, the study will be thoroughly explained in an “Informed Consent” document, and by the researchers conducting the study.
Access to Expert Medical Care
By participating in a clinical trial, breast cancer patients can receive access to medical expert advice and treatment at a leading healthcare facility.
Free Treatment or Reduced Costs
Treatments in clinical trials are typically free, or the trial treatments may be available at reduced costs. Sometimes continued treatment is free after the trial ends or in the study's extension phase. The costs or reduced costs are described in the “Informed Consent” document but should be discussed fully with the study's organizers before the trial begins.
Help Advance Science, Help Others
Breast cancer clinical trial participants help advance science and help other people with the medical condition. They may help