Intermountain Healthcare has long been one of the leading cancer research sites in the country, as evidenced by our number of clinical trials.

As a patient being treated for cancer, you may have the opportunity to participate. Your participation helps physicians and cancer specialty teams better understand how to treat you and other patients who may have a similar diagnosis.

Cancer Trial Considerations

  • Commitment: While no patient will be forced to complete a trial, having the commitment to stay through the trial is important.
  • Length: Be aware of how long the trial may last and be sure this does not interfere with vacations or work schedules.
  • Guidelines: Carefully read through and follow all guidelines.
  • Insurance and Costs: Find out before participating what costs your insurance may cover.
  • Pros and Cons: Weigh the possible benefits against the risks to see if a clinical trial is right for you.
  • Mentally Prepare: A clinical trial may demand much of you and require some lifestyle changes. Be prepared for that.

Clinical trials can often be beneficial to patients and pave the way to better cancer treatment for others in the future. Be aware, that even if you are selected for a clinical trial, you may be part of the control, or placebo group. This is necessary for a proper scientific analysis of the clinical trial.