A clinical trial is a study done with human subjects to test a new therapy or procedure. Clinical trials with humans begin only after laboratory and animal studies have shown that the new therapy is safe and effective. By taking part in a clinical trial, participants are followed very closely by doctors; also, they will be the first to have access to and benefit from the new treatment (if they are in the treatment arm of the study and not the control group). There are also risks involved with testing a new therapy. It is important to obtain full information about the trial and to discuss it with your doctor.
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