At Stanford, our doctors are always working to improve care for people with melanoma. As an academic medical center, we conduct clinical trials to evaluate new medical techniques, devices, medications, and other treatments for safety and effectiveness.
For melanoma, we study new approaches to preventing, screening, detecting, diagnosing, and treating melanomama. Some clinical trials look at new methods, while others evaluate new combinations of approved, existing approaches.
Depending on your individual circumstances, a clinical trial may provide a treatment option for you. Like any treatment, clinical trials have possible risks and benefits, including:
Possible benefits of joining a clinical trial:
- Access to a new treatment that isn’t widely available
- Expert care from our world-renowned cancer specialists and their teams
- Low- or no-cost treatment
- Participation in research that can save lives in the future
Possible risks of a clinical trial:
- Treatment that may not work for you
- Side effects that may be unexpected or worse than current standard-of-care treatments
- Additional doctor visits, meaning more time and travel
- Additional tests, which may be uncomfortable or time consuming
- Extra expenses if your health insurance does not cover all patient costs for a trial
To learn more about Stanford’s clinical trials for melanomama, speak with your care team. We can help you decide if a clinical trial may be right for you.