You may be offered the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial at some time during your treatment. Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatment approaches for diseases. In some cases, a study may give you access to new therapies that are not yet readily available. Clinical trials may also be used to compare diagnostic tests, prevention strategies, or other aspects of care for cancer patients.
If you are asked to participate in a clinical trial, your doctor or nurse will explain exactly what is involved and any possible benefits or drawbacks posed by the trial. However, be aware that unexpected side effects may also occur. You will need to sign an informed consent agreement in order to participate in the trial. Before agreeing to participate, make sure you know what the costs will be and what part of them your insurance will cover.
You are not required to participate in a clinical trial, and if you refuse, this will not jeopardize your relationship with your physician. You may leave a trial at any time, for any reason, even after signing the agreement.
Clinical Trials Currently Enrolling Patients
Below is a listing of basal cell carcinoma clinical trials that are currently enrolling patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.