About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies that are important in cancer care for discovering new therapies and treatments, as well as new ways to detect, diagnose and reduce the chance of developing cancer. The ultimate goal of clinical trials is to improve the lives of our patients. Trials involve collaboration across multiple departments, with researchers involved in design, testing and analysis of these studies.

Orlando Health Cancer Institute Research & Clinical Trials Program focuses on trials designed to assess a wide range of cancer-fighting options. We strive to improve our standards of care and patient outcomes through medications, therapies, genetics, diet and better screening.   The goal is to find better ways to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Diagnose cancer
  • Treat cancer
  • Reduce side effects of cancer treatments and symptoms of cancer

New treatments follow strict guidelines and must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are made available for standard use. Clinical trials are a key part of that process.

Why Orlando Health?

Through clinical trials, Orlando Health Cancer Institute offers faster access for patients eager to try promising new tools in the battle against cancer. 
We have more than 150 active trials, with more than 50 currently enrolling new patients. Each of them has been reviewed by internal committees and institutional review boards to ensure we are offering the most scientifically appropriate, safe and effective clinical trials.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLINICAL TRIALS

For more specific information or guidelines on these types of trials, please visit the National Cancer Institute.

More About Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a type of research that helps us learn about benefits and risks associated with promising new treatments. Every clinical trial has risks, often related to the overall health of participants and the type of treatment being studied. 

Benefits

  • Patients play an active role in their own health care.
  • Trials offer early access to treatments not yet available to everyone.
  • Patients gain access to expert medical care at Orlando Health during the trial.
  • Patients can help others by contributing to medical research.

Risks

  • There are no guarantees a treatment in a clinical trial will help your medical condition.
  • Treatments can cause side effects and other health risks.

You always make the final decision about participating in clinical trials.  You will not be asked to take part until you understand all potential risks and benefits.  And you have the right to stop participating at any time and for any reason.

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