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Clinical Trials

Today’s cancer treatments
were yesterday’s clinical trials.

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Observational clinical trials are conducted to gain information from patients with a specific diagnosis or patients receiving specific treatment.

Many clinical trials are for observation purposes only. Before a new treatment is tried with patients, it is carefully studied in the laboratory. This research points out the new methods likely to succeed and, as much as possible, shows how to use them safely and effectively. But this early research cannot predict exactly how a new treatment will work with patients.

Only those patients who wish to participate take part in the clinical trial. You may be interested in or asked to enter a trial. Learn as much as you can about the trial before you make up your mind. You will be given a consent form to review and have all of your questions answered before deciding to participate in a clinical trial.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is your decision alone whether to take part in a clinical trial. Ask as many questions as you need until you understand the answers.

Here are some questions you may want to get answers on.

  • What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Who pays for the clinical trial?
  • Who would be in charge of my care in the clinical trial?
  • Would there be any follow-up after the clinical trial?
  • Would I be allowed to quit the clinical trial?


There are two staff members dedicated to clinical trials.

  • Jason Brown, BS, clinical trials data manager
  • Kayla Greer, RN, BSN, clinical research coordinator

If you are interested in finding out more about our clinical trials program or to learn more about current studies, please call 931-783-5755.

To view available clinical trials nationwide, visit