Research and clinical trials continue to lead to breakthrough treatments for patients with cancer. Clinical trials help to discover more effective therapies that improve patient care and lead to better outcomes. These new therapies being developed today will become the standard treatment of tomorrow.

According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), clinical trials are research studies that are generated by scientific experts and monitored through Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs). DSMBs ensure that participants in a clinical trial are receiving safe, effective care and that data gathered is complete and accurate.

Toni Fitzgerald RN, BSN, OCN, is an oncology research nurse at the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center and be contacted at (717) 339-2638.

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