Participating in research allows people to contribute to medical knowledge and offers the opportunity to receive cutting-edge care.
Research saves lives. Every advancement made in treatment, prevention or care has come from research.
Everything we understand about cancer reflects the results of thousands of research studies that provide the answers we need to make informed medical decisions. Yet too many unanswered medical questions remain. We need more research to answer these questions and to develop new technologies that will improve the quality of life and survival of all people affected by hereditary cancer.
Physicians and scientists carefully design studies to uncover the benefits, limitations, and risks of different treatments, surveillance methods, and lifestyle choices. These studies represent a significant effort that depends not only on these experts, but also on the voluntary participation of patients. As more people participate in research, scientists and health care providers can develop new evidence-based guidelines to help people make health care decisions.