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For more detailed information about clinical trials, please visit the American Cancer Society’s website.

Clinical Trials and You

What are Clinical Trials?

Cancer clinical trials are research studies that involve people. They look at ways to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Find and diagnose cancer
  • Treat cancer
  • Help with symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment

Treatment studies might include:

  • New drugs or combinations of drugs
  • New ways to do surgeries
  • Ways to make current treatments better
  • New ways to give radiation therapy

Taking part in a clinical trial is your choice. You may choose to take part or not, and you are free to leave at any time. For a treatment to become standard, it must first go through 3 or 4 clinical trial phases or steps.

Phase I

  • To find a safe dose
  • To decide how the new treatment should be given
  • To see how the new treatment affects the body

Phase II

  • To see if the new treatment works on a certain cancer
  • To see how the new treatment affects the body

Phase III

  • To compare the new treatment (or new use of a treatment) with the current standard treatment

Phase IV

  • To check on the long-term safety and use of a new treatment

The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, is proud to offer patients in our community the chance to take part in clinical trials.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners is a select group of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Through this partnership, AtlantiCare offers patients, families, and their doctors the newest ways to prevent, find, and treat cancer.

For more information about Fox Chase Cancer Center and its Partners program, visit foxchase.org or call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).

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