Lung Cancer

Clinical Trials

The variety of treatment options available today for lung cancer is a result of the research conducted in clinical trials. These studies are fueling promising treatment advances, demonstrating the medical community’s commitment to find new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Along with exploring new treatment options, lung cancer clinical trials evaluate new ways to prevent lung cancer and improve screening methods. They include research into novel diagnostic tools, such as fluorescence bronchoscopy and virtual bronchoscopy, additional targeted therapies and types of immunotherapy, improved surgical techniques and more effective radiation therapy.

Clinical trials are carefully designed, planned and conducted. Institutional Review Boards, the Data and Safety Monitoring Board and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dictate strict safety measures to protect people who participate in clinical trials.

To participate in a clinical trial, you will need to meet the criteria of the study. Eligibility requirements may include the subtype and stage of lung cancer, treatment history, overall health, age and other criteria. You will be required to sign an Informed Consent form that will describe the trial and your role in it.

Ask your doctor if participating in a clinical trial is an option for you. It may offer the opportunity to access leading-edge treatments that aren’t yet widely available. If you choose to take part in one, know that you will always receive the equivalent of the current standard of care treatment for your type and stage of cancer. And you can leave a trial at any time for any reason and return to standard of care treatment.

Search Online for Clinical Trials

Along with receiving recommendations from your doctor about possible clinical trials, you can research them on your own. However, navigating online search tools can be overwhelming. To help you know what to expect, screenshots of a mock search site for clinical trials are shown below with step-by-step instructions.

Before you begin, have your exact diagnosis, pathology report and details of previous treatments handy. If you don’t find a clinical trial that’s a good fit, know that new ones are continually added. You may choose to keep searching while moving ahead with your current treatment plan.

 

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