Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer

Clinical research on cancer is continuously being done to develop more innovative, effective diagnostic methods and treatments. Clinical trials are types of studies in which patients may volunteer to participate. If you are considering a clinical trial, it is important to gather as much information as possible about the trial, including the goal of the trial, what is being tested, eligibility requirements for the trial, possible risks or side effects that could occur as a result of medications or treatments used during the trial, and whether you will incur any expenses for the trial.

Clinical cancer trials may take the form of:

  • Treatment trials – test the effects of new treatments on patients who have cancer
  • Prevention trials – these studies usually involve healthy individuals who are at a high risk of developing cancer, but do not currently have cancer
  • Screening trials – tests new methods for early detection of cancer
  • Palliative care trials – test new ways to improve the quality of life of people with cancer, both physically and emotionally

Speak to your physician if you are interested in learning more about available clinical trials at BayCare. There are currently over 400 cancer related clinical trials in various phases available in many hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. Unfortunately, there is currently no single source on the Internet that provides a comprehensive list of all available clinical trials.

Learn more about BayCare’s participation in clinical trials.