Navigating Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a controlled research study conducted by doctors and medical researchers to improve the care and treatment of people who have hematologic disorders or cancer. Taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice for some patients. There are trials for patients at every stage of treatment as well as those in remission. Virtually all of today’s standard treatments for hematology conditions and cancer are based on previous clinical trials.

Results from research studies will help health-care professionals improve treatment options, increase patients’ survival, and improve patients’ quality of life. Read below for more information about how clinical trials work, the process for joining a clinical trial, and more.

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Patient Education: Navigating Clinical Trials