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
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
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.