Frequently Asked Questions
18. What is a clinical trial and how do I know if it is right for me?
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Clinical trials are research studies on people to find out whether a new drug or treatment is both safe and effective. New therapies are tested on people only after laboratory and animal studies show promising results. The Food and Drug Administration sets strict rules to make sure that people who agree to be in the studies are treated as safely as possible.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine and other Institutes, maintains a database of clinical trials at ClinicalTrials.gov. Click here to see a list of the current clinical trials on breast cancer. A separate window will open. Click the "x" in the upper right hand corner of the "Clinical Trials" window to return here.