Clinical Trials

Finding tomorrow’s cures for cancer

Clinical trials at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center are research studies exploring promising new approaches for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. This may include testing new medications, behavioral interventions, or groundbreaking surgical techniques that have the potential to improve the lives of those living with cancer.

Participating in a clinical trial can provide you with access to new drugs and interventions that might not be available anywhere else. As you and your health care team decide what treatment is best for your cancer type and stage, it is important to consider clinical trials.

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in South Carolina, our involvement in clinical trials sets us apart from other health care organizations.

Why are clinical trials important?

Today’s standard cancer treatments are only available because of past clinical trials and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research. Cancer patients who enroll in clinical trials gain access to innovative care that may not be available anywhere else.

Benefits of participating in clinical trials

  • Clinical trials provide access to high quality care that may be better than the best standard treatment available.
  • You may be among the first to benefit from a new drug or intervention, potentially helping you feel better sooner or for longer.
  • You’ll receive frequent and careful attention from your health care team as they evaluate your response to treatment.
  • By participating in a clinical trial, you are taking a more active role in your health by deciding which options are best for you.
  • Your participation can help improve the lives of future generations that are impacted by your same or similar conditions.

As with all cancer treatments, clinical trials involve risks. The best choice is an educated decision. Your clinical care team can inform you about the benefits and risks of a clinical trial as well as other treatments that would be options for you.

Clinical trials at Hollings

At Hollings, we’re committed to offering the best treatments available today while searching for even better ones for the future. For more general information about how clinical trials work, visit our FAQs page.

For more information on cancer clinical trials or research studies, ask your medical care provider or email hccctoclinops@musc.edu.