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There is public access to consent forms.
Detailed access to the open protocol documents is for (Physicians and/or UPHS Personnel) and you will need a username and password for access to this information. Physicians and/or UPHS Personnel can obtain this by submitting an S.A.R. (Security Authorization Request).
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What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials, also called cancer treatment or research studies, test new treatments in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods such as gene therapy.


Why Are Clinical Trials Important?

Cancer affects us all, whether we have it, care about someone who does, or are concerned about getting it in the future. Clinical trials contribute to knowledge and progress against cancer. If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a new standard treatment that can help many patients. Many of today’s most effective standard treatments are based on previous study results.


What Is It Like To Receive Treatment In a Study?

When you take part in a clinical trial, you receive your treatment in a cancer center, hospital, clinic, and/or doctor’s office. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals may be part of your treatment team. They will follow your progress closely. You may have more tests and doctor visits than you would if you were not taking part in a study. You will follow a treatment plan your doctor prescribes, and you may also have other responsibilities such as keeping a log or filling out forms about your health. Some studies continue to check on patient’s even after their treatment is over.


What is a Cancer Prevention Clinical Trial?

In cancer prevention trials, people take medicines, vitamins, minerals or other supplements that doctors believe may lower the risk of a certain type of cancer. Scientists who conduct these studies want to learn if the medicine or supplement prevents cancer and how safe is it to take the study agent.
Possible Benefits
· Clinical trials offer high quality cancer care. If you are in a study and do not receive the new treatment being tested, you will receive the best standard treatment. This may be as good as, or better than, the new approach.
· If a new treatment approach is proven to work and you are taking it, you may be among the first to benefit.
· By looking at the pros and cons of clinical trials and your other treatment choices, you are taking an active role in a decision that affects your life.
· You have the chance to help others and improve cancer treatment.


Possible Drawbacks

· New treatments under study are not always better than, or even as good as, standard care. They may have side effects that doctors do not expect or that are worse than those of standard treatment.
· Even if a new treatment has benefits, it may not work for you. Even standard treatments, proven effective for many people, do not help everyone.
· If you receive standard treatment instead of the new treatment being tested, it may not be as effective as the new approach.
· Health insurance and managed care providers do not always cover all patient care costs in a study. What they cover varies by plan and by study. To find out in advance what costs are likely to be paid in your case, talk to a doctor, nurse or social worker from the study.
Data Privacy Statement for Research Studies 
In the past, clinical trials were sometimes seen as a last resort for people who had no other treatment choices. Today, patients with common cancers often choose to receive their first treatment in a clinical trial.
Research Department personnel are available Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by calling 906-225-3467 or 906-225-6995, or toll free at 1-800-562-9753, ext. 6995.


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Michigan Cancer Consortium
Cancer Care - Clinical Trials
People Living With Cancer