Cancer medicine is changing.
There are new, unique therapies that treat cancer based on genetic testing. With genetic testing, targeted medicines are used to block the specific pathways that enable other cancer to grow and spread within the body. There are other new treatments that train your immune system to recognize and fight cancer. Clinical trials may offer cancer patients this type of personalized medicine.
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A clinical trial, or clinical research, is a study using volunteer participants to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted by cancer research teams, clinical trials are the fastest, safest way to find treatments that work, and ways to improve health.
Participation in clinical trials is an important option to consider during the course of your care. There are currently over 900 new drugs in development and over 7,000 clinical trials available for cancer patients. New systems for rapidly matching patients with clinical trials are already in place.
If a clinical trial is available for your treatment, your doctor and the research staff will tell you about the study and why it may be worth considering. If you are interested, they will fully describe the study, the potential benefits and risks, the procedures involved, and how they differ from standard care. They will answer all your questions and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about participating.
- You choose whether or not to participate in any trial.
- You may be evaluated and still not be eligible.
- If you participate, you may still receive standard treatment as part of your trial.
- If you choose to participate, you can change your mind and withdraw at any time.
Clinical trials give you options for your cancer treatment. The decision is yours.
Why Clinical Trials?
Traditional cancer treatments – surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone blocking drugs – focus on removing or destroying cancerous tissue. Today, cancer treatment is becoming more tailored to the individual needs of each patient. Each cancer is different, and molecular testing is helping physicians to personalize cancer treatment more than ever before. Targeted medicines offer a new approach to cancer treatment by blocking pathways or training the immune system.
Together with traditional treatments, personalized cancer medicine is improving patient results.