Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials study new, promising ways to treat and prevent cancer. Get access to the latest trials close to home at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, a service of Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.

What’s a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study that evaluates new approaches to care, such as a medical device, medication, or other therapy. Clinical trials find out how well and safely the new approach works. Results from clinical trials help researchers learn better ways to prevent, detect, or treat cancer.

Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?

When you take part in a clinical trial, your health may improve from the treatment or approach to care, or you may have side effects. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits. 

Types of Clinical Trials

We participate in three general types of clinical trials:

  • Cancer prevention – Aims to find ways to keep cancer from starting
  • Cancer control – Finds new ways to alleviate and control specific side effects of cancer treatments
  • Cancer treatment – Compares standard treatments with new approaches, either using experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies


So you and our clinical trial participants receive the best possible care, Bliss Cancer Center partners with leading clinical research organizations. Visit their websites to learn more:


Your ability to participate in a specific clinical trial could be based on several factors, including your:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Cancer type and stage
  • Previous treatment history and other medical conditions

To find out more information and eligibility requirements for a specific trial, search our upcoming and current clinical trials, or talk to your doctor.

Clinical Trial Categories


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The Cancer Resource Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 515-956-6440.

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Clinical Trials Matching Service

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families and other healthcare workers locate appropriate cancer trials available to our patients.

Learn more.

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