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At the University of Chicago Medicine, we’re committed to advancing discoveries that transform our patients’ lives and expand our physicians’ knowledge. UChicago Medicine researchers have pioneered cancer chemotherapy, organ transplants, diabetes treatments and more. We conduct more than a thousand clinical trials every year and can help you decide whether participating in a study is right for you.
Clinical trials are structured research studies involving patients. Researchers design clinical trials to safely test new drugs, devices, vaccines or ways of using known treatments. Most clinical trials concentrate on a specific disease or patient group; they might explore whether one drug is better than another or analyze data from a medical device used in treatment.
People of all ages, genders, races and ethnic groups can participate in clinical trials. This includes healthy volunteers and patients with specific diagnoses. As a potential clinical trial subject, you may be asked if you're willing to participate in a clinical trial that is specific to your health needs or diagnosis. You may also be asked to participate in research that is not necessarily a clinical trial, such as donating blood or tissue for a genetic study.
UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center experts are focused on developing new therapies and new approaches to treat cancer. We do this mostly through clinical trials. We have one of the largest number of cancer clinical trials in the region. Over the last year, we've accrued more than 1,000 patients to cancer clinical trials.