As scientists and doctors learn more about what causes cancer (such as the HER2 gene), they may be able to develop more effective ways to treat it. In order to develop new cancer therapies, however, scientists must conduct clinical trials.
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial, or research study, helps scientists and doctors explore whether new medicines or devices can help people with certain diseases, such as cancer. Before any new therapy can be approved and made available to the public, it must go through several phases of clinical research.
Why do people participate in clinical trials?
People participate in clinical trials for different reasons. Some may participate because they want to learn more about their disease. Others volunteer to participate because they want to help researchers learn more about a disease to potentially help them and others in the future.
Are clinical trials safe?
Clinical trials follow a specific set of standards and are closely regulated to help keep all participants safe.
What if I have questions during the study?
You can ask the study team questions at any time before, during, and after participating in the study. Before agreeing to participate, make sure that you understand the responsibilities of study participants. If you have any concerns about participating in the study, you should feel comfortable discussing them with a member of the study team at any time.
Can I leave the study once it has started?
Study participation is completely voluntary. You do not need to take part in the study, and you can end your participation at any time, for any reason. If you join the study, but later think you would like to stop participating in the study, talk to the study doctor. If you decide you should leave the study early, the study doctor may ask that you return to the study clinic for a final visit to ensure your health and safety. There will be no negative impact on the future care you receive.
Can I see my regular doctor, or other doctors, during the study?
You can visit any doctor to meet your health needs during the study. You should let your study doctor know that you will be seeing another doctor and if any other medication has been prescribed. You should also let your other doctors know that you are participating in a clinical research study.