Merkel cell carcinoma clinical trials are scientific studies through which researchers evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and procedures. Every treatment must make its way through this process; even the current best options for skin cancer treatment were once only available through clinical trials. During this process, researchers not only study the outcomes of a particular treatment, but also the most effective dosing regimens and the best ways to counteract any potential side effects.
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Clinical trials are made possible by volunteer participants. While there is no obligation for a patient to enroll in a study, there are numerous advantages to doing so. For instance, patients may decide to enroll in Merkel cell carcinoma clinical trials in order to:
- Expand their range of treatment options
- Access novel therapies before they are widely available in other settings
- Contribute to the scientific research process
"If I can help somebody learn more about this, no matter what happens to me, it's a good thing."- Vincent DiMartino, world-renowned trumpeter
Clinical trial participants at Moffitt Cancer Center also have the unique opportunity to work with our multispecialty oncology team and highly trained research staff. Our state-of-the-art, on-site research facilities allow us to develop new therapies and evaluate their effectiveness in a single location. At Moffitt, our research studies have led to a number of significant developments, including new chemotherapy drugs and advances in the field of immunotherapy. Targeted therapies, hormone-stimulating drugs and other advanced treatments for Merkel cell carcinoma are also being evaluated through our ongoing studies.
For our efforts, we have been nationally recognized as a leader in research; Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.
Referrals are not required to explore Merkel cell carcinoma clinical trials with the experts at Moffitt. Call 1-813-745-6100 or 1-800-679-0775 (toll-free) or submit a clinical trials inquiry form online.