What are clinical trials and how can I learn more about them? | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

What are clinical trials and how can I learn more about them?

Scientists are always looking for newer and better ways to treat bone marrow failure diseases. A clinical trial is a type of research study that tests how a drug, medical device or treatment approach works in people. These studies often are conducted through university medical research centers around the world.

You may want to consider a clinical trial if you are not satisfied with how well standard therapies are working. You may want to explore whether you are eligible for a clinical trial to compare new treatments or new combinations of therapy against the standard approach to therapy.

Other types of research studies include:

  • Diagnostic trials to find new ways to diagnose a disease
  • Screening trials find the best way to detect a disease or health problem
  • Quality-of-life (supportive care) trials to improve the comfort of people with chronic illness
  • Prevention trials to look for better ways to prevent a disease in people who have never had it.