Guide to Understanding Clinical Trials

Robin Warshaw

One of your options for breast cancer treatment may be a clinical trial, or research study. Breast cancer clinical trials give you the chance to receive either a new treatment or the best standard treatment available.

Our Guide to Understanding Clinical Trials lays out the ABCs of clinical trials, helps you weigh the pros and cons of participation and suggests questions to ask your healthcare team. It answers important questions like when to sign up, what kinds of therapies are available, where to go to take part, what laws protect your rights and how to pay for treatment. Using clear language, we help you learn about phases, randomization, blinding and informed consent. Throughout the guide, hear from the “voices of experience,” women like you who have considered taking part in breast cancer research.

This publication was written in partnership with medical providers and people affected by breast cancer.