Clinical trials enable cancer researchers and physicians to test new and cutting-edge approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer. Although experimental, treatments offered through clinical trials may provide patients with improved outcomes over available, “standard-of-care” treatments.
Cancer patients and their families should gather as much information as needed in order to be able to make an informed decision about participating in a clinical trial. Further information about clinical trials, including frequently asked questions, is available on the UPMC CancerCenter website. An interactive web tool for breast cancer patients can be found here.