Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment or device is safe and effective for people. Studies may also show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials follow strict scientific standards that protect participants and help produce reliable study results.
Every medical treatment that’s available today was first tested through a clinical trial. Families willing to participate in clinical studies help researchers answer key questions that can lead to new cures, treatments and techniques for managing disease.
When your child is treated in a clinical trial, he receives the most up-to-date treatment available. In some instances, a trial may not result in a direct benefit to your child but may provide information to help treat children with the same disease in the future.
The decision to participate in a clinical trial is up to you and your child’s doctor, based on your child’s unique needs.