Clinical trials are research studies wherein participating patients help doctors discover new and better ways to improve the treatment of cancer. Many of the cancer treatments used today are the result of past clinical trials. Clinical trials are designed to answer questions about new ways to:
- Treat cancer
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Prevent cancer
- Manage symptoms of cancer or side effects from its treatment
Patients not only receive the most advanced cancer care available today in their own community, they also help provide hope for future generations of cancer survivors. Participants have a chance to receive a new drug or device that shows promise, but is not yet proven. Clinical trials also allow patients to take an active role in treatment decisions.
Mercy Cancer Center offers clinical trials as part of its affiliation with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University which is dedicated to innovative treatment and promising clinical research in the fight against cancer.
For more information about our clinical trials, please call Barbara Hanigosky, R.N., at 440-324-0425. Information is also available at https://www.cancer.gov/ or http://www.uhhospitals.org/seidman/.