Clinical trials are research studies in which patients volunteer to take part in tests of new drugs, devices, or procedures. Doctors hope to learn if new drugs or treatment help prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Before a trial is offered, many hours of research and study has been completed.
Access to clinical trials has traditionally been limited to academic research hospitals. Now, Baptist Cancer Center trials offer Mid-South residents the opportunity to participate in innovative research and treatments close to home, by working with our community hospitals across the region.
Types of clinical trials
- Treatment trials test new treatments, such as new cancer drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods, such as gene therapy.
- Prevention trials look for the best way to prevent cancer in people who have never had cancer, new occurrences in patients who have already had cancer, and cancer recurrence. These trials test new approaches, such as medicines, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that doctors believe may lower the risk of a cancer.
- Screening trials test the best methods to identify cancer, particularly in its early stages.
- Quality of Life & Supportive Care trials explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients, and look to understand the challenges (psychological, financial, physiological) cancer patients may face.
To learn more about clinical trials, access these online resources.
For more information about our clinical trials, read through our Clinical Trial FAQ.