Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies – are tested in patients to determine if they are safe and effective.
Such trials help scientists answer questions about new cancer therapies, including: what diseases should they be used for? What doses of new drugs are most effective? And which patients can benefit the most from them?
Nearly all cancer drugs in use today were tested and made available to patients through clinical trials.
Search current cancer-related clinical trials offered through Dana-Farber and other Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center member institutions.
Search clinical trials for childhood cancers and childhood blood disorders on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder website.
Search a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
Should I participate in a clinical trial?
If you’ve never been part of a clinical trial before, you may have concerns and questions about what to expect.