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Getting Started with Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a way to find out how well treatments or drugs work and what the possible side effects may be. Some trials are done to see if one treatment is better than another. Other trials look at a new test to see if it helps doctors understand a disease better. Sometimes clinical trials test unproven or untested drugs.

Clinical trials may:
  • Look at a new use for a well-known drug or treatment.
  • Compare 2 different but well-known ways to do treatment to see if one is better.
  • Study the side effects and safety of a new drug or treatment.
  • See if a new test helps doctors find and treat problems earlier.

Before starting a clinical trial, you will have an informed consent meeting with your study coordinator. Informed consent means that you have been told about the risks and benefits of the trial and you understand what to expect before you agree to be in it. You will never be part of a clinical trial without your signed agreement to participate.

This recorded webinar in collaboration with nbmtLINK explores the basics of clinical trials and navigation strategies to increase access to blood cancer and blood disorder clinical trials, increase participants’ ability in discussing clinical trials, and describe free resources for patients and their families.