Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers
NCI Trials at NIH Clinical Center
NCI has ongoing trials at the NIH Clinical Center, in Bethesda MD. Find out how you can participate.
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Understanding what they are can help you decide if a clinical trial might be an option for you. Or maybe you have a friend or family member with cancer and are wondering if a clinical trial is right for them.
We’ve provided basic information about clinical trials to help you understand what’s involved in taking part. This includes information about the benefits and risks, who is responsible for which research costs, and how your safety is protected.
We also have a tool to help you search for clinical trials. Learning all you can about clinical trials can help you talk with doctor and make a decision that is right for you.
Clinical Trials are research studies that involve people. Understanding what clinical trials are is key to knowing whether one is right for you.
As you think about taking part in a clinical trial, you will face the issue of how to cover the costs of your care.
There are federal rules in place to help ensure the safety and ethics of clinical trials.
Like all treatment options, clinical trials have possible benefits and risks. By looking closely at all options, you are taking an active role in a decision that affects your life.
If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, be sure to ask your doctor, "Is there a clinical trial that I can join?" If your doctor offers you a trial, here are some questions you may want to ask.
This page describes some of the major clinical trials that NCI supports to test promising cancer treatments and screening methods.