Patient participates in a clinical trial.

Cancer clinical trials are a win for patients, doctors & researchers

Winship Cancer Institute

In the effort to cure cancer, you might say that clinical trials are a win-win.

Patients who participate in trials win in a wide variety of ways, benefiting from advancements discovered during previous trials as well as their own participation in successful studies. Doctors win by having more treatment options to offer their patients. Researchers conducting the trials win because clinical trials provide the opportunities they need to determine what new diagnostics, drugs and other treatments are most effective, and which ones don’t work.

The opportunity to help doctors, researchers, and patients is why clinicians at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University work to make sure every patient has the option to participate in a clinical trial that is right for them.

A clinical trial is a research study involving patient volunteers that is used to test new therapies to find better ways to diagnose, prevent or treat many diseases, including cancer. They help doctors and researchers tell if a new treatment works and is safe.

We discussed the clinical trials program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University with Mehmet Asim Bilen, M.D., director of Winship’s genitourinary medical oncology program, who is actively involved as a researcher and doctor in clinical trials for genitourinary cancers such as cancer of the prostate and bladder. Read more …