Defining Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering experts discuss what you should know about clinical trials.

Panel moderator Max Gomez, PhD, of WCBS-TV gives an overview of clinical trials. At any time, MSK has about 900 active clinical trials that can vary from just a few patients to many thousands.

Clinical trials may involve testing a new drug, a new medical device, or a new method of surgery. Other types of clinical trials are aimed at preventive measures and diagnostic techniques. Virtually all treatment methods that doctors use today began in clinical trials.