Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Clinical Trials

The special mission of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is to bring new knowledge, expertise, and technology to the fight against cancer through our clinical trials and scientific research programs.

What Is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a study that doctors and researchers use to find new and better ways of treating, preventing, and managing health conditions. Patients – and their loved ones ­– can volunteer to be part of clinical trials, where they’re actively part of the movement to develop new and better treatments.

You might want to join a clinical trial to get access to treatment options that aren’t available elsewhere. You may also want to join a trial if your treatment has been effective and you’d like to help doctors and researchers learn more about other options. We have healthy volunteers who participate just to help others benefit from the knowledge gained from the studies. 

Being part of a clinical trial is a safe experience. Clinical trials take years – and encompass multiple phases – before treatment is even tested on patients. If there’s a clinical trial that interests you, the first step is to talk to your doctor who will help determine if you’re eligible.

Clinical Trials - Improving Outcomes

As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern offers clinical trials that give eligible patients access to the newest therapies for multiple conditions.

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