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Advances in Medicine

We are fortunate today to have the benefit of advanced technology and some of the world's greatest minds working together to unlock the mystery of cancer. Every day new techniques are perfected and new treatment opportunities are being tested. With each breakthrough comes another ray of hope for everyone with cancer. Keep this in mind when you are researching your disease--every case is different. Your medical oncologist can help you understand the information and direct you to the most current and reliable sources.

Advances in cancer treatment are made because of clinical trials. Clinical trials are research programs that test new drugs, new combinations of drugs, or new methods of giving drugs.xvi These clinical trials help doctors better understand how to use new therapies. From the scientific point of view, clinical trials are designed to find safer, more effective treatments for cancer patients. From a patient's viewpoint, clinical trials offer high-quality, state-of-the-art technology and treatment options.

Clinical trials are completely voluntary. There may be risks in clinical trials, but keep in mind that clinical research is highly regulated and your care will be carefully monitored. All clinical trials are evaluated by review boards, which include professionals and members of the public. Review boards protect the rights of clinical trial participants.

You may be asked by your doctor to participate in a clinical trial. If so, make sure the alternatives, benefits and risks are evaluated and explained, and that you sign a consent form. Also, make sure you are guaranteed that your future medical care will not be compromised. Patients may withdraw from a clinical trial at any time.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation is dedicated to funding scientific grants, which fund critical research, including clinical trials. Thanks to clinical trials, people diagnosed and treated before you have helped build on the scientific knowledge and medical improvements that are available to the rest of us today.