Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are critical to the development of new cancer therapies and can help Susan G. Komen work toward our Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Information Helpline:
1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636)

This helpline is available for breast cancer patients and their loved ones. Use the Helpline to:

  • Increase your understanding of breast cancer clinical trials
  • Be empowered with information and resources you  need to make an educated decision about clinical trial enrollment
  • Make it easier for you, as a breast cancer patient, to participate in and potentially benefit from, promising research

Helpline support is available in English and Spanish every Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (eastern time)

Download our clinical trial helpline flier.

Myths and Facts about Clinical Trials

View our flier setting the record straight on the top 5 myths surrounding clinical trials.

Why Clinical Trials are Necessary… and Critical to Progress

Whether a new therapy or test becomes part of standard treatment for breast cancer depends largely on clinical trial results. Large randomized clinical trials are viewed as the best basis for making treatment guidelines.


How Do Clinical Trials Work?

Clinical trials take place across the country (and around the world) in many types of medical centers and hospitals. Often, trials are funded by a single agency  and are done at the same time in many sites across the country. These are called cooperative group clinical trials, and allow researchers to increase the number of people in a given study. Dedicated physicians, researchers and other health professionals, as well as hospitals, medical research centers and funders are all key to clinical trials. However, most important are the participants.


Who is Eligible to Participate

All clinical trials have specific criteria for joining the study. While most trials are focused on developing treatment, some trials do exist for individuals who have finished their breast cancer treatment as well as those who have never had breast cancer. Learn more about eligibility criteria.


Learning More

To find out more on a variety of clinical trial topics—including benefits and potential drawbacks,  types and phases of clinical trials, talking with your doctor, enrollment, questions to ask the research and more—click here


Clinical Trials for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Why enroll in a clinical trial? 

A clinical trial can offer you the chance to try new treatments and possibly benefit from them. Learning a new therapy is better than the standard treatment can also help others. Whether a new therapy or test becomes part of standard treatment for breast cancer depends largely on the results of clinical trials.

How can I learn more and know if a clinical trial is right for me?

Talk with your oncologist about clinical trials. But remember, like all aspects of cancer care, the decision to join a clinical trial is a very personal one. Also:

Isn’t my health at risk if I get a placebo?

Some people worry they will get a placebo instead of an effective treatment in a clinical trial. However, placebos aren’t used in metastatic breast cancer clinical trials. You will get either the new treatment or the standard treatment.

Where can I find a MBC clinical trial? in collaboration with Susan G. Komen offers a custom matching service to help you find a clinical trial for people with metastatic breast cancer.  

You can also perform your own search with Komen’s Metastatic Trial Search—the first-ever clinical trial search engine designed specifically for people with metastatic breast cancer. Click here and complete the search criteria requested in the box near the bottom of the page.


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