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Clinical trials can help patients while helping researchers understand more about cancer and its treatment.

Benefits of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials can help patients while helping researchers understand more about cancer and its treatment.

People take part in clinical trials for many reasons. While clinical trials offer no guarantees, they can provide benefits like:

  • Access to promising new treatments that are often not yet available to all patients
  • Close monitoring by a research team of doctors and other health professionals
  • A chance to be the first to benefit from the latest method under study
  • Adding to what is known about one’s type of cancer, possibly leading to better options in the future

Protection of Participants

Federal rules help ensure that clinical trials are run in an ethical manner. Patient rights and safety are protected by:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) All clinical trials in the U.S. must be approved and monitored by an IRB. The IRB’s main purpose is to protect the safety of study participants. This group of people is made up of medical experts and community members who review the risks and possible benefits of each study.
  • Informed Consent People who take part in a clinical trial have to give informed consent. Informed consent is the process of giving information to patients about the details of the study.This process starts before the study and continues during the study. These details,usually listed in a form which the patient signs, include the study’s purpose, length,procedures, possible risks and benefits, and staff contact information.

The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, is proud to offer patients in our community the chance to take part in clinical trials.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners is a select group of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Through this partnership, AtlantiCare offers patients, families, and their doctors the newest ways to prevent, find, and treat cancer.

For more information about Fox Chase Cancer Center and its Partners program, visit foxchase.org or call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).

 

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