Clinical Trials

All lung cancer therapies are the result of doctors and patients working together through clinical trials.

View the Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Fact Sheet

What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study in which patients volunteer to participate, helping doctors develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. All lung cancer treatments are developed using clinical trials.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
Participating in a clinical trial enables patients to have access to the newest lung cancer treatments before they are widely available. Patients in clinical trials also receive high quality care, while helping doctors improve care for many current and future cancer patients.

What are the risks of participating in a clinical trial?
There are risks to participating in any clinical trial, and patients are encouraged to speak with their doctors and ask questions about the risks of any particular clinical trial. All patients are required to provide informed consent before participating, learning about all the risks and benefits before volunteering.

If I am in the control or placebo group, will I still receive treatment?
Yes, all patients in cancer clinical trials receive treatment. Cancer clinical trials can have more than one group of patients to help doctors compare different treatments. Patients in the control group still receive the standard of careand will be closely watched by the doctors and nurses running the trial. In addition, placebo (sugar pills) are rarely used in cancer clinical trials, and are likely used in combination with the standard of care. Any patient considering participating in a clinical trial should ask questions to fully understand the different treatments in the clinical trial.

How can I find a clinical trial right for me?
Speak with your doctor about whether a clinical trial is right for you. You can also find information through these resources:

Uniting Against Lung Cancer is working with EmergingMed and other partners in the lung cancer community to offer you a way to take action – a free, confidential, personalized service that helps you understand which lung cancer clinical trials may be an option for you. Call 800.698.0931 to find clinical trials that match your situation and to learn more about cancer research. Clinical trial navigators are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm ET. You may also complete a profile online. Go to to learn more.