What is a clinical trial?
All our current treatments start out as investigational therapies. We rely on the results from clinical trials to bring these treatments to market. This is only possible with the help of patients who volunteer to take part in clinical trials. The more people in our clinical trials, the faster new treatments can become available to the community.
Clinical trials are medical studies that involve regular people like you and me. We use clinical trial results to develop new treatments, interventions or tests to detect, treat or manage various diseases and medical conditions.
Some trials examine how people respond to a new treatment, and identify possible side effects. This helps us determine how a new treatment works, whether it’s safe, and if it’s better than treatments already available.
Clinical trials might also compare existing treatments, test new ways to use or combine existing treatments, or observe how people respond to other factors that might affect their health (such as dietary changes).
Other trials look at ways to diagnose diseases earlier, or how to prevent the onset of particular diseases and medical conditions.