People who participate in clinical trials may be the first to benefit if the new approach is proved effective.
Even if participants do not benefit directly they still make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disease and how to control it. Although clinical trials may pose some risks, doctors do all they can to protect their patients and all trial protocols must be approved by an Ethical Committee.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk to your medical oncologist
. They will explain how clinical trials are carried out, as well as the potential benefits and risks.