Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that seek to find safe and effective ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. Participants take an active role in their own care and add to our knowledge, so that together, we can create a healthier world.

Research that begins in a lab and shows promise becomes a clinical trial. Clinical trials then move through a series of phases to investigate how the treatment or therapy affects patients.

As an academic medical center, UCI Health is uniquely positioned to advance medicine through leading-edge research and clinical trials. Our cancer center is one of only 51 NCI-designated cancer centers in the nation and the only one in Orange County. It plays an active role in discovering new treatments for cancer and many other challenging diseases.

Clinical trial facts

  • Patients are closely monitored and their safety is paramount, and your physician will always review your treatment.
  • Many patients benefit from new treatments not available to the general public.
  • Every trial has criteria that describes eligibility, and the criteria differ from trial to trial.
  • Every trial has a plan, or protocol, that describes the study, what to expect, risks and benefits.

Search our database to find studies for which you may be eligible.