Posted 2/20/2015 by hhill
Clinical trials are the bedrock of evidence-based medicine. Everything we know about treatments that work, and those that don't, came from patients who were willing to participate in trials. To begin this conversation, here is a short fact sheet that I developed for our medical center:
Clinical Trials at Beth Israel Medical Center
BIDMC is an academic medical center and a founding member of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center. This means that our commitment is both to excellence in patient care and participation in research to better understand and treat cancer.
If you are interested in learning more about cancer clinical trials, the National Cancer Institute has an excellent website: http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
As you and your doctors begin to consider the best treatment for you, here are some things to remember about clinical trials:
** Clinical trials are conducted in every Department throughout the Medical Center.
** Clinical trials are designed to help patients with all kinds of diseases and problems. They are not only for very ill people who have no other options.
** Everything we know about good treatment for cancer is because people have agreed to participate in trials in the past. Everything we are learning for the future is because people are now willing to consider being part of an appropriate trial.
** If you would like to know more, talk with your doctors.