Research & Clinical Trials
Mills-Peninsula participates in clinical trial research with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and pharmaceutical companies. This allows our patients to enroll in a variety of prevention and treatment studies leading to the most current treatment options.
Understanding Research & Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are research studies that use human volunteers in an attempt to better diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. These trials are efficient ways for health professionals to decide how to safely and effectively treat diseases such as cancer.
Trials are broken up into four phases:
- Phase I -- studies decide if the new treatment is safe.
- Phase II -- studies determine if the new treatment works.
- Phase III -- test the new treatment against current standard treatment
- Phase IV -- determine if there are better ways to use certain treatments.
Deciding to take part in a clinical trial may be a difficult decision. Make sure to educate yourself fully before participating in a clinical trial.
Not everyone is eligible to participate in a clinical trial. Criteria for each study varies and may include factors such as age, type and stage of disease and previous medical history.
Benefits of clinical trials include:
- Access to new treatment before it is widely available
- Regular and careful attention from a qualified research team
- The chance to possibly help others who have the same condition in the future
- New drugs or procedures are not always better than the traditional approach
- Inconveniences such as additional testing or doctor’s visits
- Unknown side effects