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Clinical trials are studies, managed by government agencies, educational institutions, private not-for-profit organizations, or commercial businesses, to develop, produce, and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and preventive therapies for diseases.
Individuals who participate in research studies are given the opportunity to benefit from treatments that are not currently available to the general public, but have shown promise in previous research.
Risks from participating in a clinical trial vary depending on the study. It is important to understand that not all new treatments produce the desired effect.
At any given time, there are hundreds of prostate cancer clinical trials underway. The following are just a few examples:
The CGN is compiling a registry of families who have a significant number of relatives with various forms of cancer, in order to answer these questions.
Additional information about clinical trials and ongoing research can be obtained from the National Cancer Institutes' Web site. Visit the link on the Online Resources page of this Web site. Men interested in learning more about prostate clinical trials can also talk with their physicians for more information.