Clinical trials are an important part of medical research and are at the heart of clinical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments range from new drugs or new combinations of drugs, to new surgical procedures or devices, to new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe.
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. Before making this decision, you should talk to your physician. Clinical trial participants with an illness or disease enroll to help others and to possibly receive the newest treatment as well as to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
In the United States, clinical trials must meet rigorous standards and be registered with the National Institutes of Health. Registered trials are listed at clinicaltrials.gov as part of a searchable database.
To find potential clinical trials for your disease or condition, click on the link below.