Cancer clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to test new treatments. Scientists and doctors are constantly looking to develop innovative, more effective and less toxic treatments to improve patient survival and quality of life.
Clinical trials help to confirm the safety and effectiveness of new treatments as well as decide whether side effects are acceptable when weighed against benefits.
In cancer research, some clinical trials evaluate new drugs, while others optimise different therapeutic approaches including surgery, radiation therapy and combinations of drugs already on the market. However, as with any new drug or treatment, there may be risks as well as benefits.