Understanding Clinical Trials for Blood Cancers
This booklet will help you to know more about how new treatments are developed, how clinical trials help advance blood cancer treatment, how to evaluate the benefits and risks of a clinical trial for yourself, what questions to ask to decide if a clinical trial is right for you and how The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can help.
U.S. clinical trials are designed to give patients the safest, potentially most effective clinical therapies. The trials are conducted once researchers have shown in the laboratory and in animal research that a particular study treatment has a good chance of offering better outcomes for people with a specific disease.
All trials follow strict scientific and ethical principles. Every clinical trial has an action plan, called a protocol. The same plan is used by every doctor at each treatment center taking part in the trial.