Major pharmaceutical companies continually research and develop new cancer drugs and treatments, which must be shown to be safe and effective before they are FDA approved for use and doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through lymphoma clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new medications or treatment regimens on a group of volunteers with lymphoma. Following a strict protocol and using carefully controlled conditions, researchers evaluate the drugs under development and measure the ability of the new drug to treat lymphoma, its safety, and any possible side effects.
Some patients with lymphoma are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all for their lymphoma. This is simply not true. Patients with lymphoma who participate in lymphoma clinical trials receive the most effective therapy currently available for their condition -- or they may receive lymphoma treatments that are being evaluated for future use. These lymphoma treatments may be even more effective than currently available lymphoma treatments.
The following websites offer information and services to help you find a lymphoma clinical trial that may be right for you.
This website provides detailed information, videos, and links to clinical trial matching services. You can also use their helpline 1-800-227-2345 to speak to a cancer information specialist anytime.
This web site lists more than 6,000 cancer clinical trials, and explains what to do when you find one that you think is right for you.
This web site offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for people with cancer.
This web site lists industry-sponsored clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients.