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Eligibility for Clinical Trials at Fox Chase

For more information on clinical trials at Fox Chase Cancer Center, or to find a study, call
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(1-888-369-2427).

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Choosing a Clinical Trial at Fox Chase

Search Clinical TrialsWhether you're a cancer patient, cancer survivor or at risk for cancer, clinical trials offer you more options. But is participating in a study right for you?

It is not a requirement to take part in a clinical trial to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment at Fox Chase. However, we encourage all our patients to consider clinical trials and to discuss these options with your doctor and medical team.

Am I Eligible to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Informed Consent

Once you've decided to participate, an Informed Consent form is required. More

Clinical trial participation is completely voluntary. Patients can leave a study at any time.

Physicians follow strict guidelines, called eligibility criteria, to make sure a patient is appropriate for a certain clinical trial. The guidelines describe characteristics that must be shared by all participants on a specific trial.

The criteria to take part in a clinical trial differ from study to study. They may include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Medical history
  • Current health status
  • Vital organ function (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and bone marrow)
  • Previous cancer treatment details (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation)
  • Type and stage of cancer
  • Ability to travel to Fox Chase Cancer Center

Why is Clinical Trial Eligibility Important?

Enrolling participants with similar characteristics ensures that clinical trial results will be due to what is under study and not other factors. This helps researchers achieve accurate and meaningful results. The study criteria also make certain that people who could be made worse by participating in the study are not exposed to the risk.

To find out if you are eligible for a particular study, talk to your doctor or nurse.

For more information about clinical trials at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to find a study, call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).