Benefits and considerations

Clinical trials offer many potential benefits to participants. As with any type of treatment, there are also potential disadvantages that patients should consider.

Potential Benefits:

  • Possibility that the treatment used will be better than currently approved treatments and access to treatments that may not otherwise be available.
  • Care and closer monitoring of the patient by top doctors and researchers at leading healthcare facilities.
  • Help to advance treatment of the disease.

Potential Disadvantages:

  • Possibility of unknown or unexpected side effects.
  • Chance that the new drug or treatment may be less effective than current options for pancreatic cancer.
  • May require greater time commitment due to extra clinic visits for treatments or monitoring.
  • There may be additional cost involved if the patient’s insurance does not cover routine care during clinical trials (see Common concerns about clinical trials) or if the patient needs to travel or relocate to participate in a specific clinical trial.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program maintains a comprehensive database containing up-to-date information about all pancreatic cancer clinical trials taking place in the United States. We offer personalized clinical trial searches so that patients can find trials for which they may be eligible.

Let us help you find a clinical trial that may be right for you!


The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network recommends that all patients consider clinical trials when exploring treatment options.

Clinical trials overview
Learn about pancreatic cancer clinical trials
How does a new treatment get FDA approval?
What rights and protections do participants have in a clinical trial?
Common concerns about clinical trials

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