Clinical trials are research studies that look at the effectiveness of new and promising drugs that are used to treat cancer. Participation in clinical trials is always voluntary, but clinical trials sometimes have very specific rules about when you may be able to take part in them.
Trials do require more tests to be done during treatment but these are very important to monitor response to the treatment, as well as any potential side effects to ensure that there is no harm to you.
Participating in clinical trials gives your oncology team treatment options that may not otherwise be available to you outside of the clinical trial setting.
Speak with your oncology team to see if there might be any trials for which you could be eligible. Doing so may give you access to new therapies, and could, potentially, improve future cancer treatment.