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Participating in a Clinical Trial

Choosing to participate in a clinical research study is an important personal decision that should only be made after you’ve been properly informed. We suggest you speak with us, your personal physician, family members and friends, or other members of your support network if you are considering joining a clinical trial.

Our Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center collaborates with the Jacobson Center for Clinical & Translational Research (CCTR) to evaluate and enroll patients in clinical trials.

Learn more about current Clinical Trials available at UT Health's Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center or contact Stephanie Smiddy for information on all oncology studies at 419.383.6962. 

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial for cancer is a research study that makes available new drugs, devices or treatments to patients to determine their safety and efficacy. 

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials have the potential to find new methods of treating, diagnosing and preventing cancer. They also can discover ways of controlling symptoms of cancer and side effects from treatment. 

Many of today's cancer treatments were developed from clinical trials, including:
  • A vaccine that prevents cervical cancer
  • A breast cancer drug that increases the remission rate
  • New medications that help men with advanced prostate cancer live longer
  • A new and powerful treatment for nausea, a common side effect of cancer treatment
Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

By joining a clinical trial, you can access a new drug or treatment before it is available to the public because it is still in the testing phase. If the drug or treatment works, you may be among the first to benefit. You also have the chance to help others by improving overall treatment of cancer and its health effects. 

Why join a clinical trial at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center?

As research-oriented, teaching hospital, The University of Toledo Medical Center is on the forefront of discovery and innovation regarding human health. Physicians and staff of the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center work seamlessly with physicians at The University of Toledo Medical Center and researchers at The University of Toledo Main Campus, in addition to leading national and international researchers around the world. 

In partnerships with these national and international organizations we're conducting current studies and have completed clinical trials investigating drugs and treatment fro the following cancers:

  • Bladder
  • Blood
  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Carcinoid
  • Lung
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreatic
  • Renal
  • Skin

Clinical trials also take place at many different stages and include various facets of a survivor's journey, including:

  • Newly diagnosed
  • Recurrent
  • Screenings
  • Systemic therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Survivorship
How is my health protected during a clinical trial? 

First and foremost, your participation in a clinical trial is voluntary, and your consent can be withdrawn at any time. Your physician also will closely monitor your health during the trial. 

In addition, federal laws protect people from harm during their participation in clinical trials. If you ever feel uneasy or have questions, share these concerns with your physician. 

Are there risks to participating in a clinical trial? 

The risks depend on the medication or treatment being studied. Your physician will explain the known risks and watch you carefully for side effects.

Please remember, however, that not all clinical trials result in effective medications and treatments:

  • The drug or treatment being tested may not benefit you more than existing measures.
  • The new drug or medication may or may not help you.
  • Medications that treat cancer also can harm healthy body tissue.
  • It is not always known what side effects may occur during a clinical trial. 
  • New treatments may have unknown risks that could be brief or lengthy.
What should I do before joining a clinical trial? 

Talk with your physician about your treatment options. Find out more about the trial, if possible. Research credible sources and ask your physician about: 

  • Benefits and risks
  • How the trial could affect your daily life
  • Extra costs
  • Duration of the trial

Talk to the team conducting the trial and ask questions. Our researchers at The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center welcome your input and are happy to answer your questions so you'll feel more comfortable about the process and can make informed decisions about your care. Make sure you understand the information you receive. Invite your family and friends into the process to see if they have experiences or information about clinical trials. 

How do I get involved in a clinical trial?

Ask your team at The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center if you're eligible to participate in clinical trials affecting your specific condition. Since many trials require patient participation at the beginning of treatment, it's better to ask early than to delay. 

If you would like more information about clinical trials/research studies at The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at the University of Toledo, please contact Stephanie Jo Smiddy, clinical research manager, at 419.383.6962 or stephanie.smiddy@utoledo.edu.

The above information is used with permission from the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. 

 

Last Updated: 6/19/17