What is Cancer Research

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What is cancer research? Cancer research, or clinical trials, are studies that involve people and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer and other diseases.

Clinical research is a critical component in expanding treatment options for people with all types of cancer. Research studies are experimental treatments for patients that offer specific advantages for their cancer type. Since all new therapies must be evaluated through clinical research, the greater the number of people who participate, the faster emerging anti-cancer therapies can be brought to market.

According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical research studies help physicians find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Clinical research offers high-quality cancer care, provides patients with the opportunity to take an active role in their treatment plans, and allows patients to help others by improving cancer treatment for future patients. The following links provide more information regarding clinical research studies.

–  National Cancer Institute, Clinical Studies
–  US Oncology, Clinical Study Information
–  American Cancer Society, Clinical Studies
–  ClinicalTrials.gov

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What are the Benefits of Clinical Research?

At first glance, clinical research can seem a little intimidating. However, there are actually several benefits of clinical research. Here is an in-depth look at some of the benefits of participating in clinical research.

1. Access to treatments not yet on the market
Getting a new drug or therapy approved for commercial use is a long process. Often times there are many different factors and moving parts that make this process so lengthy. For example, each new possible treatment goes through several trial phases before being eligible for commercial sale. Taking part in a clinical research studies or trials can give you quicker access to these therapies, which could potentially be better than current treatment.

2. Closer monitoring & testing
Participating in a clinical research study often entails extra attention from a dedicated team that is specifically assigned to your trial. When testing a new drug or treatment, it is important to carefully monitor any potential side effects. This extra testing and attention to detail can benefit both patients and researchers. It is important to note that if at any point you begin to experience negative side effects, you may withdraw from a trial.

3. Provide valuable information that can help others
In addition to possibly finding better or more effective treatments, the information collected during your trial provides valuable information about cancer. This information helps researchers better understand different cancer types and can possibly save lives in the future.

CCCN offers more than 170 Phase I, II and III clinical research studies in Nevada each year. For more information on active clinical research studies available at CCCN, please click here.