Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell Overview

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Clinical trials for basal and squamous cell skin cancers

You may have heard about clinical trials being done for your type of skin cancer. Or maybe someone on your cancer care team has mentioned a clinical trial to you.

Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to learn more about promising new treatments or procedures.

Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. Sometimes they may be the only way to get some newer treatments. They are also the best way for doctors to learn better ways to treat cancer. Still, they are not right for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials. You can also call our clinical trials matching service for a list of studies that meet your medical needs. You can reach this service at 1-800-303-5691 or on our website at You can also get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials website at

You must meet certain requirements to take part in any clinical trial. But if you do qualify for a clinical trial, it’s up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.

To learn more about clinical trials, see Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know.

Last Medical Review: 05/06/2015
Last Revised: 05/11/2015