Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer trials advance our understanding of human health, identifying the best ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.

Dr. Thomas Carter with a patient in the infusion center

Your Treatment Might Benefit From a Clinical Trial

Some clinical trials focus on providing genetic information from cancer samples so researchers can determine how cancer genetics may impact an individual’s response to treatment or quality of life.

Others explore approaches to treatment that may be more effective and have fewer side effects than the standard treatment

For patients unresponsive to standard care measures, some clinical trials can provide life-changing treatment options.

We invite you and your physician to review the clinical trials now under way at Holden, to see if you might be eligible to receive care that may not yet be available anywhere else.

Your Right to Know

If you are interested in a clinical trial, or have been asked to participate, you have the right to know:

  • The purpose of the clinical trial and what is being evaluated
  • What types of procedures or tests you will undergo
  • What are the potential side effects or risks
  • How long the study will last
  • How many clinical visits are needed
  • How you will be monitored throughout the study period
  • Who will oversee your care while in the clinical trial
  • How the study is funded
  • If you have to pay for tests or services as part of the trial

Informed Consent

If you are interested in a clinical trial or have been asked to participate in one, members of the research team will go over the specific details of the study with you as part of a process called informed consent. 

  • You will be able to ask any questions and learn about eligibility requirements as well as discuss risks and potential benefits.
  • Once you and the research team agree to your participation in a clinical trial, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
  • It is important to know that you are a voluntary participant in a clinical trial and you may stop participating in the study at any time.