April is Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Month
by Augusta Sires
April 2013 marks Iowa’s third annual observance of Cancer Clinical Trials. The observance is an effort by the Iowa Cancer Consortium (ICC) and its more than 150 members, which includes Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, to promote awareness of Cancer Clinical Trials and their role in reducing the socioeconomic burden of cancer in Iowa.
Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Cancer clinical trials help researchers and health professionals understand what cancer is, and play an important role in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and treatment.
In addition to helping scientists learn more about cancer, patients participating in clinical trials have access to often promising treatments that are not yet available outside of a clinical trial setting. Results of individual trials may also positively affect others who seek cancer treatment in the future.
For more information about local cancer clinical trials at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, call (319) 272-2388.