Clinical Trials

Volunteering for a clinical trial is a contribution to the future of medicine that only you can make.

Volunteer, LeElla Flake, making a difference in breast cancer research and treatment through a University of Michigan clinical study.

Hear from others who hparticipated in clinical trials! Visit our Clinical Trials Channel on YouTube.

Better cancer treatment starts with you

Doctors at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center are working hard to find cures, but they can't do it alone. Patients play a vital role in finding better ways to treat cancer by participating in research studies-also known as clinical trials.

Thanks to patients who volunteered for studies, we now have a range of treatments that can cure or delay the progression of cancer for many years. Unfortunately, though, these therapies have their limits: They don't work for everyone.

Clinical trials are critical because they allow doctors to develop the most safe and effective treatments using a methodical, scientifically sound approach. Patients benefit by gaining access to promising new therapies for cancer.

Our patients are partners in care and partners in discovery. As in everything we do at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, the well-being of our patients and families always comes first.

A nationwide shortage of research volunteers is slowing progress in the fight against cancer. But you can help.

Take Action

Talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial is appropriate for you

Or call the Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125 - you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.

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More information from our blog, mCancerTalk:

Enrolling in a clinical trial
What you need to know about this unique opportunity to contribute to the future of medicine

Stem cell research and treatment for cancer

What it Takes for New Drugs to be Tested and Reach Patients