Clinical Trials

Doctor with elderly woman looking at computer screen Clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies. They test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. People who take part in clinical trials for lung cancer receive up-to-date care from experts. They contribute to advances in fighting lung cancer. If you participate in a clinical trial, you might be randomly selected to the group that does not receive the new treatment being tested. If this is the case, you still will receive the best-known standard of care. Either way, you will be closely monitored by a team of doctors and never treated as just a test subject.

Each time a person with lung cancer faces a treatment decision, it is important to explore all options. We recommend that you consider clinical trials as soon as you are diagnosed and every time you have to make a treatment decision. To find out about studies you may be eligible for, visit our Lung Cancer Clinical Trial Call to Action.

See these other resources for more information about participating in clinical trials:

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.