Research & Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. They are the last step to a long process that began with research in a lab. The treatments we use today are the results of past clinical trials.
Clinical trials are key to developing new ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. It is through clinical trials that researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than what is used currently. When you take part in a clinical trial, you add to our knowledge about cancer and help improve cancer care.
Carle Cancer Center has a long history of offering clinical trials for gastrointestinal cancers including trials for colon and rectal cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Most trials at Carle are sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and include cancer treatment trials as well as trials to prevent cancer recurrence or to prevent or lessen side effects.
All participants must meet eligibility requirements and give written consent prior to enrolling. If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, contact your physician or the cancer clinical trials office at Carle at (217) 383-3516.
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