About Research Studies
Research studies look at ways to improve the health and well-being of people affected by cancer, including patients, caregivers, and loved ones. Instead of testing drugs or treatments like in a clinical trial, research studies explore the different factors that affect health and lead to disease.
These factors include individual behavior choices, the environment, genetics, access to care, education, and more. Understanding these factors can help us provide the best information to people about cancer risk and prevention, improve health outcomes, and support a high quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.
Find a Research Study
At Huntsman Cancer Institute, our population scientists study a wide range of topics to help us better understand how to support and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer:
- Genetics and inherited cancers
- Patterns and causes of cancer in a group of people
- Quality of life of cancer survivors
- Experience of caregivers
Some studies are for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Others are open to people who have never had cancer.
Population & Family-Based Research Studies
These research studies look at tissue or blood samples, usually from families or large groups of people, to find genetic changes that are associated with cancer. Researchers also use other tools (like surveys) to gather data from cancer patients, their caregivers, and the general population.
People who participate in these studies may or may not have cancer.
The goal of these studies is to help understand how cancer happens and different steps people can take to lower their cancer risk and symptoms and improve their quality-of-life.