For some patients, taking part in clinical research for a new drug may be the best treatment. Clinical trials are research studies to test if a new treatment or procedure is safe and effective. They may also test treatments to prevent cancer, or relieve symptoms. These studies aim to find the treatment strategies that work best for certain illnesses or groups of people.
Clinical trials follow strict scientific standards. These standards protect patients and help produce reliable study results. Cancer clinical trials never use a placebo (sugar pill). You will either be given a standard treatment or the treatment being tested.
Talk with your doctor about whether you can qualify for a clinical trial. Learn about the risks and benefits of the treatment being studied. To search for information on current or recent clinical trials for the treatment of kidney cancer, visit the UH.org Clinical Trials Resource Center.