Clinical trials are research studies in which people volunteer to help determine the effectiveness of a new medical treatment, procedure, medication or technology. These studies are vitally important in making the most advanced care available to you and other patients.
Before you can join a clinical trial for cancer, you must meet certain guidelines, known as eligibility criteria. Each study has its own eligibility qualifications based on the goals of the study. In addition to having been diagnosed with cancer, participants may be required to have a certain type or stage of cancer, be in a specific age group or meet other conditions.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, the decision to join becomes a personal one. You may want to consider the following factors as you make your decision.
Scripps conducts ongoing clinical trials in San Diego, and partners with physicians in Houston at MD Anderson to enroll patients in their clinical trials when appropriate. To keep up with the latest:
- View our cancer clinical trials listings to see which cancer trials are currently enrolling new participants in San Diego
- View clinical trials available at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
If you’re interested in exploring cancer clinical trials, talk to your physician.