Cancer clinical trials are cancer research studies
that involve people. The main purpose of a clinical trial is to
find a better way to prevent, diagnose or treat a disease. Clinical
trials are part of a long, careful research process. Patients who
participate in a clinical trial receive drugs or procedures that
already have been researched in successful laboratory and/or animal
Clinical trials are important to develop new treatments for cancer.
Many of today’s standard cancer treatments – treatments
that are accepted and widely used by medical experts – are
based on the results of previous clinical trials.
Each person with a diagnosis of cancer should have the opportunity
to consider whether or not a clinical trial is right for her or
him. The decision-making process usually begins with two key pieces
- The complete diagnosis, including the full medical
name and stage, or extent, of the cancer.
- An honest assessment of prognosis, or likelihood of
disease-free survival, with standard therapy.
Enrollment in clinical trials is always voluntary, and any participant
can leave a clinical trial at any time. Before enrolling, study
investigators are required to provide trial participants with all
the information about the study being conducted and its possible
effects. This ongoing educational dialogue between patient and
doctor is known as informed consent.
Clinical research at the Monmouth Medical Center combines the efforts
of laboratory and clinical investigators in various disciplines and
departments to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of
cancer. Click on the Clinical Trial Programs link to access the available
clinical trial programs in our facility.
Kimberly Chow, Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator KChow@barnabashealth.org or call (732) 923-6564.
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