For some patients, taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice. Clinical trials are part of the cancer research process. Clinical trials are done to find out if new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard treatment.

Many of today’s standard treatments for cancer are based on earlier clinical trials. Patients who take part in a clinical trial may receive the standard treatment or be among the first to receive a new treatment.

Patients who take part in clinical trials also help improve the way cancer will be treated in the future. Even when clinical trials do not lead to effective new treatments, they often answer important questions and help move research forward.

Patients can enter clinical trials before, during, or after starting their cancer treatment.

Some clinical trials only include patients who have not yet received treatment. Other trials test treatments for patients whose cancer has not gotten better. There are also clinical trials that test new ways to stop cancer from recurring (coming back) or reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. You can search for clinical trials at

Help Pilot Test an App for Women (and get $50!)

We are working with the University of California, San Francisco on an app designed to educate women about HPV, cervical cancer, and the screening exam. Women in the San Francisco area are especially encouraged to respond, but the researchers say they will conduct a few interviews by Skype, too.

We are seeking several women for pilot interview recruitment before the end of May. Eligible women are:

  • Spanish or English speaking
  • Age group: 21-29
  • Have had a Pap test (any results)

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