Cancer Clinical Trials
University of Maryland Shore Regional Cancer Center is an active partner in advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer through clinical trials and research studies of people who have cancer. The goal of these studies is to find better ways to treat, diagnose and prevent cancer so that people can live better and longer.
In the past, patients were required to travel long distances to university hospital settings in order to participate in a clinical trial. Today, patients can participate in select trials under the care of their local oncologist or surgeon.
The clinical trials offered at University of Maryland Shore Regional Cancer Center include preventive, treatment and observational research studies.
Participating in Clinical Trials
Before a cancer patient enrolls in a clinical trial, both the patient and the physician conducting the trial must determine if the match is right. The investigator will decide whether the patient has the right characteristics for the study. The patient must find out all of the details about the treatment offered in the trial and then decide whether he or she wants to participate. In any clinical trial, the patient's participation is always voluntary.
It is the policy of the University of Maryland to respect and protect the rights and welfare of all individuals. We take very seriously the protection of all human subjects enrolled in clinical trials. The university's Institutional Review Board is a key component for ensuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected.
Deciding to Enroll
Participating in a trial may be one of a number of treatment options available to some cancer patients. For others it may be the best option when their cancer has not responded to other treatments. In either case, patients who take part in clinical trials may be the first to benefit from the discovery of successful new cancer treatments.
Participation in a clinical trial also contributes to the study and understanding of cancer and its treatment. Clinical trials are an essential part of medical discoveries and have resulted in new options for treating many of today's most common cancers. They help to bring scientists closer to finding a cure for cancer and to bring new hope to patients who are fighting cancer.
The decision to enroll in a trial is not always easy, however. There is always a degree of uncertainty involved in testing a new drug or therapy, and participating in a trial requires that you tolerate that uncertainty. If you are considering a clinical trial, you will want to discuss all of the advantages and possible drawbacks with your doctor and the people close to you.
What to Expect
As a participant in a clinical trial, you can and should have certain expectations about your care and treatment. You can expect that:
- Your participation is voluntary. You may leave the study at any time and for any reason. If you leave the study, you can choose another form of treatment.
- You will receive high-quality cancer care, whether you are given the new treatment being tested or the best standard treatment.
- Your response to the treatment will be closely monitored by doctors and nurses, and your health will be their foremost priority.
- If the new treatment harms you in any way, it will be stopped and you will be able to return to the care of your own doctor.
- You will be given all of the information about the study, including treatment details, risks, and benefits, before you decide to take part.
Find a Clinical Trial
For more information about clinical trials at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, call 410-822-1000 extension 2300.