Today, we have better and more effective drugs and therapies because of research. As a result of these newer treatments, survival rates have increased, quality of life has been improved and treatment side effects are fewer. Many of these drugs and therapies would not be available today if it were not for research programs and patients willing to participate in clinical trials. Some people feel that participating in a clinical trial gives them an opportunity to help other people with the knowledge gained from the study.
- What is a clinical trial?
- Is participating in a clinical trial right for me?
- How do we enroll people in clinical trials?
- If you are interested, steps you will need to take to enroll in a study
- Current Trials
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study designed to answer one or more questions about how a certain drug, treatment or medical device affects a disease. There are potential benefits to participating in a clinical trial, as well as potential risks. These benefits and risks are different for each clinical trial. You should discuss them with your own doctor, as well as with the clinical trial’s research team.
Is participating in a clinical trial right for me?
The treatment you receive during a clinical trial may help you. Clinical trial participants receive either the most effective known treatment available or the new drug or treatment being considered. Newer therapies may lead to better results. On the other hand, they may not be any better, or even as good as, the standard treatment already available.
How do we enroll people in clinical trials?
Clinical trials usually evaluate very specific new treatments for very specific conditions. Therefore, they have very strict criteria about who is and who is not a candidate for each study. To ensure you have the broadest possible range of treatment options available, our research nurse will review your case during the diagnosis stage to see if you may match any of the criteria for the clinical trials in which SJ Medical Group is participating.
If you are eligible for a current study, a research nurse will provide the details of the study to your oncologist, who will then ask you if you would be interested in learning more about participating in the clinical trial. Participating in a clinical trial will require some extra time on your part. The research team will want to monitor you closely during the trial and collect follow-up information. This care is in addition to the care you will continue to receive from your oncologist and medical team.
Contact the Clinical Research Coordinator at SJ Medical Group, (951) 665-1440 for information.