Clinical trials information for patients

The UK Markey Cancer Center is committed to developing new and more advanced ways to fight cancer and utilize breakthrough technology to maintain and improve your quality of life from diagnosis to recovery. Our status as a research organization gives patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Participation is completely voluntary and participants may receive breakthrough treatment. For more information on clinical trials, ask your doctor.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial, which may also be called a clinical study or a research study, is one specific type of medical research study. Clinical trials evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drug treatments, medical devices or other therapies. They can help doctors find new or better ways to prevent, detect or treat illness.

 View ongoing cancer trials at Markey

Clinical trials lead to life-saving treatments

Nearly every breakthrough in treating and curing disease is the result of a patient who was willing to give it a try.

Life-saving treatments and medications that are common today began as an idea that led to a research study. But in order to make these important discoveries in health care, we need volunteers who will take an active role in their care and help advance medical knowledge.

Because Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute, we are able to bring exciting research opportunities to our patients. As a result, patients can take advantage of new treatments, drugs or technologies that are not available anywhere else in the country.

By participating in a clinical trial, you can help our doctors and scientists take the next steps in discovering new ways to treat and prevent cancer. Please take a moment to review our cancer clinical trial opportunities at Markey.

Markey is also a member of SWOG, a group of cancer centers across the country that coordinate clinical trials. Charles D. Blanke, MD, chairman of SWOG, plans to join a group of mountain climbers in February to climb Mount Kilamanjaro and raise money to increase the number of cancer clinical trials doctors are able to perform. Watch this video to learn about Dr. Blanke’s mission and see how you can support his effort.

Why should I volunteer for a clinical trial?

Reasons to consider volunteering for a clinical trial include:

  • Opportunities to receive state-of-the-art treatment
  • Receive medical treatment, medical attention or health counseling, often at no cost
  • Receive high quality care
  • Help others by aiding in discovery of new or better treatments
  • Help further the development of medical therapies for life-threatening and chronic diseases

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials enroll people who are alike in certain ways. Each trial has rules that detail particular characteristics that are needed for people to be included the study. These characteristics may include the type of disease and the age or general health condition of the patient. Both people with an illness and healthy people can volunteer to participate in clinical trials. 

Read a column about the benefits of participating in a clinical trial.

Kentucky Clinical Trials Network

The Kentucky Clinical Trials Network is a statewide alliance of physicians conducting clinical trials in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of lung cancer. The network conducts investigator-initiated and industry sponsored trials.

 Learn more about the Kentucky Clinical Trials Network.  


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The vision of UK HealthCare is to achieve national recognition as a top 20 public academic health center providing optimal multidisciplinary health care and developing advanced medical therapeutics for the people of Kentucky and surrounding regions.

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