Clinical trials are specific therapy regimens designed by scientists and physicians to evaluate promising new treatments. Each trial requires approval by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and other external regulatory bodies. Clinical trials determine whether a new prevention, diagnostic or treatment regimen may be more effective than standard regimens, comparing carefully defined criteria such as safety, side effects, and period of remission or recurrence.
Benefits & Risks
Besides making a new and promising treatment available to you, if the treatment proves beneficial, you will be among the first to benefit from it. However, it is unknown whether it is better than standard treatment or has unexpected side effects that are worse than those of the standard.