Clinical Trials

The National Cancer Institute describes a cancer clinical trial as a research study involving people impacted by cancer. These research studies start long before patients are ever involved, often in a scientific research lab where ideas are tested on cells or animals. Patients are asked to participate in clinical studies only after careful and successful testing in research settings, when new ways to improve treatments or improve quality of life are discovered. To learn more about clinical trials visit the National Cancer Insitute Clinical Trial Website. For a searchable registry of all publicly and privately supported clinical studies, visit

The SD Cancer Coalition developed brief videos on common questions patients and family members ask about cancer clinical trials. The videos are separated by question below or you can watch the full FAQ video series here.