Participating in a Clinical Trial

Excellent patient care is always available at Moores Cancer Center, whether you choose to participate in a clinical trial or receive standard treatment. The decision to enter a clinical trial is always up to you.

About clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study that tests new treatments for people with cancer. The goal is to find better ways to prevent cancer, treat cancer, and care for cancer patients. Clinical trials test various types of treatments such as new drugs, new surgeries or types of radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods such as gene therapy.

Because Moores Cancer Center is an academic health system, our patients have the opportunity to receive treatments through clinical trials that may not be available elsewhere.

Eligibility for Clinical Trials

To help protect patients and produce sound scientific results, clinical trial research is carried out within strict scientific and ethical principles. Each study describes the eligibility criteria (characteristics such as type and stage of cancer, age, and gender) that all patients must have in order to protect patient safety and ensure reliable results.

A clinical trials coordinator can help you determine if a trial is right for you. (Learn more about finding a clinical trial.) If you are not already seeing a Moores Cancer Center physician and it seems that a trial may be right for you, in most cases the coordinator will schedule you for an office visit, where a physician will meet you and make a full recommendation for future care, which may include a clinical trial.

Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial

  • Clinical trials offer high-quality cancer care and may allow you access to treatments not yet available to the public.
  • An interdisciplinary healthcare team will follow your progress very closely.
  • Participation in a clinical trial allows you to help others by improving cancer treatment.

Important information

  • You have the right to informed consent, which means that you must receive all the facts about the study before you agree to participate.
  • If you are in a study and not receiving the new treatment being tested, you will still receive the best standard treatment available. No one will be given a placebo (no treatment) when there is a treatment that exists.
  • Your safety is a priority. You have the right to drop out of a clinical trial at any time.

Resources

Along with your doctor's advice and guidance, the following pages may assist you:

Contact

Clinical Trials Office: (858) 822-5354, cancercto@ucsd.edu

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Contact us

Clinical Trials Office
(858) 822-5354
cancercto@ucsd.edu

Find a clinical trial