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Spotlight On… MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Research Department


What kind of research is being done at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper?
All kinds! MD Anderson Cooper currently participates in Phase I-IV treatment trials as well as quality of life, cancer control, prevention and diagnostic trials. Trials are available for most disease sites and stages of cancer.

What are cancer clinical trials?
Cancer clinical trials are research studies involving human subjects. Clinical trials are designed to answer questions about new ways to treat cancer (treatment trials), find and diagnose cancer (diagnostic trials), prevent cancer (prevention trials), and manage symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment (quality of life and cancer control trials). These trials are the mechanism through which standard of care for cancer patients evolves and improves over time and are an integral part in the fight against cancer.

What are cancer treatment trials?
Treatment trials test new drugs, devices, radiation delivery techniques, diagnostic techniques and other interventions to determine if they are safe and effective. Treatment trials are done in phases. In the early phases, trials are designed to determine safe doses and possible side effects of treatment. In the later phases, new treatments are directly compared to the existing standard of care to see which is better at treating cancer.

Where can I find out more information about clinical and cancer treatment trials at MD Anderson Cooper?
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Research Office at