Clinical Trial Overview
Clinical trials are clinical research studies that look at new ways to understand, prevent, detect, or treat a disease or condition. Treatments might be new drugs or combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or novel ways to use existing treatments. The goal of a clinical trial is to determine if a new intervention, test or treatment is effective and safe. There are also clinical trials to study other aspects of care, such as improving quality of life or controlling symptoms.
Clinical research at Sylvester also involves studies for healthy populations. These clinical trials often do not involve a treatment but include surveillance, risk assessment, outcome, environmental, and behavioral studies to determine factors that influence the likelihood of developing cancer, whether it is environmental, health habits, genetics or race. Finding those answers helps researchers suggest interventions to reduce that risk.
Our goal at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami is to translate research findings quickly into clinical care that benefits all patients.