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The Komen Mission:
To eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Breast Cancer



Clinical trials are scientific studies of new treatment or combinations of treatments. Each trial is designed to answer a specific scientific question about treatment methods.

In cancer clinical trials patients are randomly assigned to a group which is either given standard treatment or the new treatment being studied. Neither you nor your physician can choose the group you are assigned to during a clinical trial. Each patients progress is followed and treatment results are compared. It is through this process that accurate scientific comparisons can be studied.

Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary and you can withdraw from a trial anytime and continue to receive appropriate care and treatment. Ask your physician whether there are any clinical trials for which you may be eligible. 

Your participation may help save lives!

Questions to ask about Clinical Trials

Are there any clinical trials I should consider?
• How is this different from standard treatment?
• Who will manage my care in a clinical trial?
• Is there a cost to participate in a clinical trial?
• What time commitment am I required to give?
• What drugs will I be receiving?
• How long does the treatment last?
• Can I stop at any time?
• What are the possible side effects and risks?
• Who pays for my treatment and care during a clinical trial?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages in participating?