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.
Natural history, incidence, and mortality
In the United States in 2011, it is estimated that 12,710 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and that 4,290 women will die of the disease. These rates have been improving steadily. Mortality rates declined from 1975 to 2003, but have remained stable since 2003. This improvement has been attributed largely to screening with the Papanicolaou (Pap) test.
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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
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October 28, 2011
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