What Are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies – are tested in patients to determine if they are both safe and effective. According to the National Cancer Institute, the benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:
- Trial participants have access to promising new interventions that are generally not available outside of a clinical trial.
- The intervention being studied may be more effective than standard therapy. If it is more effective, trial participants may be the first to benefit from it.
- Trial participants receive regular and careful medical attention from a research team that includes doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
- The results of the trial may help other people who need cancer treatment in the future.
- Trial participants are helping scientists learn more about cancer (e.g., how it grows, how it acts, and what influences its growth and spread).
If you are considering enrolling in a clinical trial, consider connecting with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Lazarex matches cancer patients to FDA clinical trials. Their medical liaison will help you navigate the different clinical trial options to determine which one is right for you. And for those patients who need financial assistance, Lazarex helps cover some of the major expenses associated with participating in a clinical trial including:
- Transportation for both patient & companion/caregiver (airfare, gas, rental cars, taxi fare, parking/tolls)
- Lodging (short- and long-term housing)
- Certain medical expenses not covered by insurance and necessary for clinical trial treatment.
Lazarex helps cancer patients of all ages and with all forms of cancer. If you’d like to learn more about participating in a clinical trial, talk to your health care team, connect with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and read these articles. #KnowlegeIsEverything
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