How prostate cancer clinical trials work
When you participate in a prostate cancer clinical trial, you’re getting access to the latest experimental therapies available. These voluntary research studies help to test the safety and effectiveness of emerging treatments, which may include:
- Therapeutic procedures
- New ways of using existing treatments or devices
- New ways to reduce symptoms caused by prostate cancer or treatment
All clinical trials conducted in the United States must adhere to a strict, predetermined protocol and must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) composed of physicians, scientists, statisticians and laypeople who are responsible for ensuring that any risks are minimal relative to the potential benefits of the study. Learn more about how cancer clinical trials work.
Participating in a prostate cancer clinical trial
Not all patients are eligible to enroll in a clinical trial. Each clinical trial has its own guidelines for who can participate. These guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of trial participants and make sure the data we collect can be used to evaluate the trial’s effectiveness.
Typically, the decision to participate is made by your care team in conjunction with you and your family as part of your overall personalized treatment plan.