Availability of Clinical Trials & Research Studies
Studies of promising new or experimental treatments or therapies in patients are known as clinical trials. Clinical trials are overseen by the government, under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and others. Many breast cancer trials are managed under the guidance of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).
The National Cancer Institute describes the different types of clinical trials as follows:
- Treatment trials test new treatments (like a new cancer drug, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods such as gene therapy).
- Prevention trials test new approaches, such as medicines, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that doctors believe may lower the risk of a certain type of cancer. These trials look for the best way to prevent cancer in people who have never had cancer or to prevent cancer from coming back or a new cancer occurring in people who have already had cancer.
- Screening trials test the best way to find cancer, especially in its early stages.
- Quality of Life trials (also called Supportive Care trials) explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.
If you participate in a clinical trial, you will receive excellent care. You will have a team of experts taking care of you and monitoring your progress very carefully.
Information on breast cancer trial results is available from The National Cancer Institute or by calling 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237).
The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute has the following clinical trials and/or other research studies available for participation by breast cancer patients:
- Quality of Life Trials