Why Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is a research study designed to evaluate a promising new medical treatment. It may involve a new way of preventing, diagnosing and/or treating cancer. Half or more of all Roswell Park patients are eligible to enroll in a clinical trial. Clinical trials may focus on:

  • New ways of preventing cancer with drugs, diet and/or exercise
  • New ways to better diagnose cancer
  • New drugs to treat cancer
  • New ways to use existing treatments, such as surgery or radiation therapy
  • New ways to improve quality of life for patients with cancer

When the information from a clinical trial shows that the treatment being studied is more effective than standard treatments, the new treatment eventually becomes the new standard of care.

Every treatment that is now FDA-approved began as a treatment being studied in a clinical trial. Patients who enrolled in that clinical trial had access to that treatment before it was FDA-approved and widely available.

Search for prostate cancer clinical trials now underway at Roswell Park.