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What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that work to develop new treatments for diseases, such as cancer. Clinical trials may also study prevention, survivorship, detection and diagnosis.

Why Are Clinical Trials Important?

Clinical trials are vital to developing treatments and getting them approved for use. Clinical trials are also key to finding out what causes cancer and how to prevent cancer from developing. New advances in cancer detection and treatment are all due to clinical trials.

How Do I Participate in Clinical Trials?

People volunteer to participate in clinical trials. Every clinical trial has specific eligibility requirements for participants.

Are Cancer Clinical Trials Only for Really Sick People?

There are clinical trials available for people with all types and all stages of cancer. There are also studies available for prevention and new ways to detect cancer. 

Will Participating in a Clinical Trial Cure My Cancer?

Clinical trials are not guaranteed to have a benefit for patients participating. However, patients may be exposed to new therapies that could have a clinical benefit. New therapies tested in clinical trials could also benefit future patients.

Will I Receive a Placebo while Participating in a Clinical Trial?

Some patients may receive a placebo. However, patients will always receive the standard of care in addition to a placebo. Your disease will not be untreated. 

How Do I Find Out About Clinical Trials?

One of the best ways to find a clinical trial that is right for you is speaking with your doctor. Also, check out our resources section below!


About Clinical Trials

Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program

Be The Match

American Cancer Society

MRCT Center Clinical Research Glossary

National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Find Clinical Trials

Masonic Cancer Center

American Cancer Society


UMN StudyFinder

Nurse Navigator Line

To find out what clinical trials are available for you, call our Nurse Navigator Line at 612-624-2620. The line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.