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Latinos don’t know much about clinical trials, surveys show.
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find new prevention, screening, and treatment options. New treatments that look promising, and have already been tested extensively in the laboratory, are then tested with patients who volunteer to participate.
It’s especially important for Latinos to participate in research so that doctors can learn more about the types of cancer that affect our community and what treatments are most effective, says Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director and professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
For those who speak Spanish, listen to Dr. Ramirez talk about the importance of clinical trials for Latinos:
Also be sure to check out these informative videos in English and Spanish about the importance of Latino participation in clinical trials.
These videos were produced by the IHPR through its national Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).