Volunteering for a clinical trial is a contribution to the future of medicine that only you can make.
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 wellbeing 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.
- Learn more about clinical trials by reading our Introduction to Clinical Trials.
- Find a clinical trial by cancer type, or search our online database of open clinical studies. You can simply search by your specific condition or do an advanced search that will customize your results.
- Learn why you should Sign Up with UMClinicalStudies.org. By signing up, you can show interest in studies you like, communicate with study teams and receive personalized study recommendations.
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.