What are Clinical Trials?

Through clinical trials, doctors determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. Clinical trials also help find new ways to prevent and detect cancer and they help medical teams improve the quality of life for people during and after treatment.

Who Pays for Clinical Trials?

In the vast majority of the time, it’s not the patient who is paying. A majority of clinical trials are federally or privately funded, so there is no cost to the participant. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) cover some costs, like office visits and tests, and in certain qualifying clinical research studies.

The Basics of Clinical Trials

The National Institute of Health 

Lists of Cancer Clinical Trials

MD Anderson

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

National Cancer Institute Supported Clinical Trials


Cancer Support Community

Washington, DC Area

Genito-Urinary Multidisciplinary DC Regional Oncology Project – GUMDROP

Bladder Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/bladder-cancer-trials/

Kidney Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/kidney-cancer-trials/

Prostate Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/prostate-cancer-trials/