What is a Trial?
A clinical trial tests new treatments before they are available to patients through the mainstream market. These new treatments are tested extensively, first in the laboratory and then in a series of studies called phase I, II and III clinical trials. These studies are done under very controlled conditions in order to determine if promising approaches to disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are safe and effective.
Types of Clinical Trials
- Treatment trials test new treatments (like a new drug, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods such as gene therapy).
- Prevention trials test new approaches, such as medicines, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that doctors believe may lower the risk of disease.
- Screening trials test the best way to find a disease such as cancer, especially in its early stages.
How can I be referred?
By combining the genitourinary research programs at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and the BC Cancer Agency, clinical trial patients can participate in a full range of investigational studies. Patients interested in participating should contact their doctor for referral.