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Clinical Trials

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, along with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is dedicated to research and learning. We believe clinical trials play a vital role in testing new treatments to determine whether they have potential benefits for patients, and we participate in a wide range of clinical trials.

The Lurie Cancer Center offers clinical trials and research studies to evaluate new drugs and treatments for cancer. Clinical trials increase understanding and knowledge about cancer and the best ways to fight it. Many of today’s most effective standard treatments are based on the results of previous studies. Because of progress made through clinical trials, new and better treatments continue to be discovered, and many people treated for cancer are living longer. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in participating in a clinical trial.

Current Clinical Trials

The list of clinical trials we are participating in is ever-changing. If you wish to search for clinical trials, visit the National Institutes of Health database and search for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. You may also talk to your doctor about trials that might be right for you and learn more about clinical trials and how you may participate, or you may search the Lurie Cancer Center clinical trials database to see a current list of open studies.

About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are closely controlled, scientific research studies involving patients and volunteers. These trials are not considered treatments for a particular disease or condition. One goal of clinical trials is to learn more about diseases and potential treatments or cures to help patients now and in the future. Though participants may not benefit directly from being part of the trial, they will receive additional care while participating, and this care may result in being treated more quickly for any medical needs related to the condition being studied. They may also notice an improved quality of life. And, many participants have reported that being a part of something bigger than they are, helping others, is important to them as well.


 The ovarian cancer section was made possible by a generous grant from Bears Care.

Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011


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