Sedation may be considered for comfort.
Patients with advanced cancer or near the end of life may have:
A lot of emotional distress and physical pain.
Difficult and painful breathing.
Confusion (especially when body systems begin to fail).
Sedation can be given to ease these conditions. This is called palliative sedation. Deciding to use palliative sedation may be difficult for the family as well as the patient. The patient and family can get support from the health care team and...
Clinical trials evaluating methods to improve local control, such as the use of radiation therapy with radiosensitizers with or without systemic chemotherapy.
For unresectable metastatic disease:
Clinical trials evaluating the value of new anticancer drugs and biologicals (phase I and phase II studies).
Current Clinical Trials
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with small intestine adenocarcinoma. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
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