A clinical trial is a study of a new or different way to treat
cancer. Often medicines or other treatments that are not yet proved to be
effective with a particular cancer are tested. Such treatments might include
hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or new surgical
People participating in clinical trials receive all other recommended
treatments for their cancer and are closely monitored.
Caring for a patient with cancer affects the family caregiver's quality of life.
Family caregivers usually begin caregiving without training and are expected to meet many demands without much help. A caregiver often neglects his or her own quality of life by putting the patient's needs first. Today, many health care providers watch for signs of caregiver distress during the course of the patient's cancer treatment. When caregiver strain affects the quality of caregiving, the patient's well-being...
Participants in trials must meet the specific guidelines that each
clinical trial has in order to be a part of the trial. Sometimes the clinical
trials are conducted at major medical centers. Other times the trial
participant receives treatment by the primary care doctor at home.
For more information, call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer
Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
October 28, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 28, 2011
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