Special Considerations for Cancer Clinical Trials

The trials conducted at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center include all populations except in those instances when it is clinically indicated for a certain group. For example, prostate cancer trials only accept male patients for their studies.

Abramson Cancer Center investigators pay particular attention to actively including women and minority populations in their research efforts. The unique strength of a well-designed and conducted clinical trial that involves women and minorities is its ability to provide information of direct benefit to these groups. Research that represents our community at large, in turn, enables health professionals to make better judgments about treatment and caring for all types of patients. We are also sensitive to the fact that certain groups may have particular issues about participating in trials and our physicians and staff are prepared to discuss any questions that you may have.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about a clinical trial that might be right for you.