Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate new drugs, devices, and treatment strategies. As with any treatment, there are risks and benefits, but participating in a clinical trial can allow you to play a more active role in your own health care, help you gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to the body of medical research.
We encourage you to do some research and decide (with the help of your doctor) if a clinical trial is the right course of treatment for you. Below are links to other sites that offer in depth explanations of clinical trials, things to consider if you are thinking about applying for a trial, and many other frequently asked questions (FAQs):
The following links will take you directly to the online databases where you can search for clinical trials. There is not one comprehensive database of clinical trials, so we encourage you to research a variety of sources. Also, do not forget to search trials that might be taking place in nearby states.
Here are links to clinical trial sites for Chicago area hospitals
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Research Center
University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
Loyola University Health System
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Rush University Medical Center