New medications and treatments for ovarian cancer are constantly being developed. These must be shown to be safe and effective before doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new drugs on a group of volunteers with ovarian cancer. Following a strict protocol and using carefully controlled conditions, researchers evaluate the investigational drugs under development and measure the ability of the new drug to treat ovarian cancer, its safety, and any possible side effects.
Some patients with ovarian cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all. Patients who participate in clinical trials may receive the most effective therapy available for their condition -- or they may receive treatments that are being evaluated for future use. The drugs being tested may be even more effective than the current ovarian cancer treatment. The specifics about a particular clinical trial should be discussed with your doctor.
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Treatment options for patients with all stages of ovarian epithelial cancer have consisted of surgery followed by chemotherapy.
Patients diagnosed with stage III and...
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