As a cancer patient at St. Francis, you may be invited to take part in a clinical research study.
Clinical research is designed to answer questions about current treatments and explore possible new treatments. Studies often begin in the laboratory and — after a long, careful process — end with patients to make sure treatments are safe and effective. Many medical treatments in use today are the result of past clinical research studies. Because they result in advances in the prevention and treatment of cancer, clinical research studies (or “clinical trials”) are part of St. Francis’s commitment to provide the best possible cancer care to patients.
In cancer research, clinical studies are designed to answer questions about new ways to:
- Prevent cancer
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Treat cancer
- Manage the symptoms of cancer or its treatment
- Improve the quality of life for persons who survive or live with cancer
Clinical research studies may be an excellent option for you. Deciding to join a study is an important and personal decision. It is something only you — with the help of your doctors, nurses, and those closest to you — can decide.
As a treatment option, a clinical research study has many possibly benefits as well as potential risks. You may want to discuss these issues with your doctor and loved ones.
For more information or to speak to a clinical trials nurse, contact the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center’s Clinical Research Department at (308) 398-6518.