What is a clinical trial?
In a clinical trial (also called an interventional study), participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants' behavior, for example, diet. Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available or to a placebo that contains no active ingredients or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other. When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.
In an observational study, investigators assess health outcomes in groups of participants according to a protocol or research plan. Participants may receive interventions, which can include medical products, such as drugs or devices, or procedures as part of their routine medical care, but participants are not assigned to specific interventions by the investigator (as in a clinical trial). For example, investigators may observe a group of older adults to learn more about the effects of different lifestyles on cardiac health.
Are you eligible for a Clinical Trial at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center?
To find out if you are eligible for one of our clinical trials you will need to be thoroughly evaluated by one of our Medical Oncologists. This would involve a review of your previous medical records, a physical examination, and possibly blood tests.
If you are already a patient of the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center and would like to know if you would benefit from participating in one of our offered clinical trials, please call our Clinical Research Coordinator at 229-584-5468.
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