Can a Patient Try Clinical Trial for Cervical Cancer?

Q:

My grandma suffers a lot from stage III cervical cancer. Considering her physical condition, she can’t have surgical treatment. But neither chemotherapy nor radiation therapy work in her case. Should she participate in a clinical trial for cervical cancer?

A:

Now that standard treatments do not work well for her, perhaps her best option would be a clinical trial.

Doctors and medical researchers are looking for better ways to treat cervical cancer all the time. Clinical trials are conducted by them to test drugs and other treatment methods. They need volunteers in these trials so that they can find out whether the new treatment can help, its safety and its side effects.

In those studies, researchers evaluate new drugs, combinations of existing treatments and new methods of treatment. Patients participating in clinical trials can be one in the first group of people getting the treatment before it is available to the public.

Before you make the decision, you should understand the risks you will take. The trial can bring potential side effects, or it may not work at all. You must have a full learning about the trial you are going to take part in.

 

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