Clinical Trail Benefits and Considerations

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Pancreatic cancer patients who participate in clinical research have better outcomes. Every treatment available today was approved through a clinical trial. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends clinical trials at diagnosis and during every treatment decision.

It is important to understand your treatment options, consider the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial and discuss this information with your healthcare team to determine if a clinical trial is the right option for you.

Potential Benefits

  • Possibility that the drugs or treatment program used in the trial will be better than currently approved treatment options
  • Care is provided by top doctors and researchers at leading healthcare facilities
  • Access to new treatments or treatment strategies that may not otherwise be available
  • Closer monitoring of the patient
  • Helping to advance treatment of the disease

Potential Risks

  • Possibility of unexpected or unpleasant side effects
  • Chance that the new drug or treatment may be ineffective or less effective than current options for pancreatic cancer
  • May require greater time commitment due to extra clinic visits for treatments or monitoring
  • Additional cost may be involved (i.e., housing and transportation, insurance payment for treatment outside covered network)

Our PanCAN Patient Services Case Managers are here to help. If you have any questions, would like additional information or would like to have a personalized clinical trials search performed, please contact a Case Manager. You can also start your own search using our Clinical Trial Finder.

Clinical Trials Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Free Patient Education Packet: includes Clinical Trials: Understanding How Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials Work

Related Topics
Clinical Trials Overview
How Does a New Treatment Get FDA Approval?
Common Concerns about Clinical Trials


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