Participate in Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are research studies in which patients volunteer to help doctors find ways to improve cancer treatment and care. All new cancer therapies are developed using clinical trials, and many of the current therapies used today are the result of clinical trials and the patients who participated in the past.
Many different clinical trials are underway around our country, each one aiming to answer scientific questions and find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Participating in clinical trials enables patients to gain access to the newest cancer therapies and receive high quality care. In addition, participants in lung cancer clinical trials take an active part in the research process, helping doctors study methods of preventing lung cancer, identify ways to screen for it and search for better ways to treat it. Clinical trials already have led to advances that have helped people live longer lives.
If your doctor doesn’t speak with you about a clinical trial, you should feel free to ask about the possibility. Because of the large variety of clinical trials that are available, a single doctor may not be familiar with any given trial.
Clinical trials are not for everyone, though. It is important to understand both the benefits and risks of participating in a particular trial by speaking with people knowledgeable about the trial, your doctor and healthcare team.
LungCAN has joined forces with EmergingMed to help lung cancer patients identify potential clinical trials. To find lung cancer clinical trials that may be a match for you, call toll free: 800-698-0931 to talk to a professional. Clinical trials also may be browsed online at: www.emergingmed.com.