Clinical Trials

The Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre offers patients the option to participate in trials in breast imaging and in the adjuvant and metastatic settings, as well as in prevention and supportive care.

Clinical trials are conducted by doctors to test whether a new drug, a new prevention strategy, or a new screening test is safe and effective in people. A clinical trial may be known by a variety of names, such as clinical study, research protocol, or simply medical research.

Breast Centre scientists and clinicians work closely together to improve the standard of care through the integration of clinical trials into clinical practice. All clinical trials are approved by the Hospital's Ethics Board and have very specific rules about who can participate, and a number of factors determine eligibility. Your physician can inform you about trials in which you may be eligible to participate.

If you are approached about participating in a clinical trial, please consider the information presented to you carefully, and ensure all your questions are answered before you make a decision about participation. If you decide to participate you may benefit directly from the study intervention, although that may not be known until the study is analyzed. However, future breast cancer patients will benefit by contributing to our knowledge about breast cancer.

If you would like to know more about clinical trials that may be of benefit to you, speak with your oncologist or family physician. You can visit the Ontario Cancer Trials Web site to review a list of ongoing research trials across the province.