NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017
Clinical trials | Cancer treatment
A clinical trial is a type of research study that people
choose to take part in. Clinical trials help doctors
learn how to prevent, diagnose, and treat a disease
like cancer. Because of clinical trials, doctors find
safe and helpful ways to improve your cancer care.
This guide has information about many of those tests
and treatments used to help people with cancer.
Clinical trials go through levels or phases of testing.
These phases help move the research along to find
out what works best for patients with cancer.
Phase I looks at how much treatment to give
and how to give it.
Phase II tests for side effects and how it works
on the cancer type.
Phase III compares the new treatment (or new
use of treatment) to what is commonly used.
Phase IV follows late side effects and if the
treatment still works after a long period.
All clinical trials have a plan and are carefully led by
a medical team. Patients in a clinical trial are often
alike with their cancer type and general health. You
can join a clinical trial when you meet certain terms
If you decide to join a clinical trial, you will need to
review and sign a paper called an informed consent
form. This form describes the clinical trial in detail,
including the risks and benefits. Even after you sign
consent, you can stop taking part in a clinical trial at
You’ll have access to the most current cancer
You will be closely watched by your medical
You may help other patients with cancer
Like any test or treatment, there may be side
New tests or treatments may not work
You may have to visit the hospital more
There is no single treatment that is best for all
patients. There is often more than one treatment
option, including clinical trials. Treatment planning for
pancreatic cancer takes into account many factors,
Location of the cancer
Your general health
Treatment side effects
Costs of treatment
Changes to your life
What you want from treatment
Your feelings about side effects