Cervical cancer clinical trials are performed every day at Moffitt Cancer Center as we endeavor to discover new ways to treat cancer and enhance the lives of our patients. These promising studies are carefully designed in laboratories and then thoroughly tested in a multi-stage process before they are made available to the general public. At Moffitt, the health and safety of our patients always come first.
Joining a Cervical Cancer Clinical Trial at Moffitt
Patients who are interested in cervical cancer clinical trials are encouraged to consult with a physician at Moffitt. For the convenience of our patients, we do not require referrals for these or any other types of consultations. Our team can find out whether there is availability in a suitable clinical trial and, if so, determine a patient’s eligibility. To do so, we consider many factors, such as a patient’s age, type and stage of cancer, past treatments, general health and other conditions. In this way, we can help ensure an optimal match between patient and study.
If a patient is qualified to participate in one of our cervical cancer clinical trials, the team at Moffitt will do everything possible to help her make an informed decision on whether to proceed. During a personal consultation, we will:
- Fully explain the proposed treatment
- Discuss the care the patient will receive, including the necessary tests and office visits
- Describe what the patient can expect to happen and how the treatment might affect her everyday life
- Provide details on the risks and benefits of participation
- Answer all questions
- Review the consent form
It is important for prospective clinical trial participants to understand that they are never required to take part in or complete a medical research study. We want each patient to be fully comfortable with her treatment decisions. Therefore, participants can opt out of a clinical trial at any time – even after they have signed a consent form. If a patient chooses to leave an ongoing study, the team at Moffitt will discuss other available treatment options to ensure the best care possible.