Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

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Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall, in partnership with our colleagues within the Montefiore Health System, offers a wide range of clinical trials. These are new treatments that have been tested for safety but still needs to be researched before they can be integrated into mainstream medicine. As a participant in a clinical trial, you will have access to this new treatment and provide your doctor with information on how well the treatment is working and what kind of side effects it has.

Are Clinical Trials Safe?

If a treatment is in the clinical trial phase and offered to volunteer patients, it means it has been tested to the point where it is considered safe for patient use. There are risks, but clinical trial patients are closely monitored during the study so that they can be treated immediately in the event of an unexpected side effect.

Our team will explain the details of the trial, including the risks and potential side effects, before you agree to anything. You can refuse the treatment at any time if you feel the risks are beyond your comfort level.

How Can a Clinical Trial Help Me?

Clinical trials are typically only offered to patients who have had little luck with standard treatment, or if the clinical trial treatment will not interfere with their regular treatment. Some of the potential benefits from clinical trials include:

  • Health benefits that could not be achieved through standard treatment
  • Access to experimental medications not yet available to the public
  • Attentive treatment from leading doctors at the forefront of their fields
  • Results from the test can help shape the future of treatment for your condition

We encourage you to ask all the questions you can about clinical trials before agreeing to participate. Clinical trials can be a chance to access cutting-edge new treatments, but you should never participate until you are fully informed about the potential risks and befits. Visit http://www.montefiore.org/research for more information about clinical trials at MSLC.