Women's Cancers - Clinical Trials
Clinical trials, also known as clinical research studies, test promising discoveries to determine the benefits for patients and compare new treatments to today's standard of care. Most of the cancer treatments available today were the result of years of research and numerous clinical trials.
Many clinical trials are the result of translational research, which involves researchers and clinicians determining how laboratory results may be applied to benefit patients diagnostically and therapeutically. Laboratory-based research is the study of cancer cells and the biological mechanisms within those cells to better understand the origin and growth of cancer. At Mayo Clinic Cancer Center we participate in these types of laboratory-based and translational research, and apply knowledge gained in population science research, which examines large groups of people to find patterns of risk for specific cancers, find answers for each unique individual.
Clinical trials test the laboratory-based and translational research findings. The trials may be trying new combinations of treatments, or testing new therapies or alternative medicines in search of the most effective treatment for cancer, the side-effects of cancer, and issues related to quality of life. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is an international leader in clinical trials. The Women's Cancer Program has a dedicated research staff working on finding new and more effective ways to treat breast and gynecological cancers.
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In addition, many patients are able to participate in trials evaluating ways to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. See the following links:
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