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Clinical Trials

Every successful cancer treatment being used today started as a clinical trial, a three-step research process to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new treatment. Patients who participate in these successful trials are the first to benefit from the new therapy.

Clinical trials take place in many hospitals and cancer centers across the country, making it possible for doctors to use the newest treatments to care for cancer patients. Each carefully planned study is designed to answer certain questions and to find out specific information about how well a new drug or treatment method works.

All new treatments go through three steps or phases of clinical trials:

All clinical trial participants receive the best care possible, and their reactions to the treatment are watched very closely. If the treatment does not seem to be helping, a doctor can take a patient out of a study. A patient also may choose to leave the trial at any time. If a patient leaves a research study for any reason, standard care and treatment are still available.

Clinical Trials at The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center


This page was last updated on: September 22, 2009.