What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are the final stages of cancer research that assess a potential new drug or therapy that’s already been studied extensively in the laboratory. Trials are carefully monitored scientific studies that involve patients and offer the earliest access to these newest treatment options.
Trials are conducted to determine a drug’s proper dose, how well it works and whether it’s more effective than current standard treatments. All drugs and treatment approaches currently used as standard of care were once studied in clinical trials.
Why it matters
Clinical trials are the only way to access the very latest treatment options, oftentimes years before they become available to other providers. If you have cancer, you need the very best treatment today, not years from now.
Currently, Roswell Park offers a clinical trial featuring a new treatment approach for patients with recurrent, metastatic or persistent cervical cancer:
- Adoptive cell therapy. This cutting-edge treatment approach uses the patient’s own immune cells, specifically cancer-killing T-cells (T lymphocytes). The T cells (a type of white blood cell) are collected from the patient’s blood, multiplied in the laboratory and returned to the patient to jump-start the immune system’s attack against the disease.
Available clinical trials
New clinical trials become available every day. Talk to your oncologist about which ones might be right for your cancer.Cervical Cancer Clinical Trials