Clinical trials enable cancer researchers and physicians to test new and cutting-edge approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer. Although experimental, treatments offered through clinical trials may provide patients with improved outcomes over available, “standard-of-care” treatments.
Cancer patients and their families should gather as much information as needed in order to be able to make an informed decision about participating in a clinical trial. Further information about clinical trials is available on the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center patient care website. An interactive web tool for breast cancer patients can be found at WCRCAnswers.com.