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Clinical Trials and Cancer Studies

COVID-19 update

In response to the COVID pandemic, Scripps Health has temporarily suspended enrollment for all clinical trials. Exceptions will exist for trials with curative intent, life-saving treatment or when no standard of care exists. For questions, please call Scripps Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at  858-678-6402.

Advancing the fight against cancer

Hematologist and oncologist Darren Sigal, MD, represents the leading-edge cancer research and studies at Scripps MD Anderson.

Dr. Darren Sigal, Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scripps Clinic and staff

Advancing the fight against cancer

Before new treatment options, innovative surgical techniques and better ways to manage side effects become available to cancer patients, they’re tested in clinical trials. In many cases, cancer clinical trials can offer new hope to patients when conventional treatments have not been successful. Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center is continually expanding its cancer clinical trial offerings for patients.

What is a clinical trial?

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.

Is a cancer clinical trial right for you?

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.

How to find cancer clinical trials

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:



If you’re interested in exploring cancer clinical trials, talk to your physician.