Exploring Clinical Trials for Cancer Care
Cancer treatment is overwhelming at best and completely terrifying at worst. There are so any details to consider and so many options to explore. The most important part of beginning treatment for any cancer diagnosis is finding a cancer treatment team that is able to lead the way with confidence and experience. Doctors will help put a comprehensive treatment plan together to ensure that the diagnosis is met appropriately.
There is also another option for treatment that is a bit beyond the norm but holds great promise - clinical trials.
Cancer research continues to be done every day, as doctors and scientists explore new options for faster, more accurate detection and diagnosis and more effective treatment.
As a part of their research and examination into methods of diagnosis and treatment, doctors around the country conduct clinical trials using cancer patients as volunteers. These clinical trials allow doctors to determine if their treatments and other tools will benefit patients during their therapy.
Who Can Participate
Not everyone is a good candidate for clinical trials but those who are interested in pursuing the possibility of participating in a clinical trial should check in with their doctors.
The medical team will determine if you are in fact a good candidate for participation in a clinical trial and if you are you will be given the treatment plan and will be watched closely by the team leading the trial.
A clinical trial can be a win-win for a both doctors and patients. Participation can allow patients to be involved in a cutting-edge treatment plan that may not otherwise be available and that holds great promise and for doctors and researchers, clinical trials allow them to get a better sense of how trial treatments will work for real cancer patients. Best of all, the big picture is that participating in clinical trials allows patients and doctors both to make a big impact on cancer research in general so that important advancements can continue to be made.
Choice Cancer Care is an independent, physician-owned cancer center network. Dr. Gregory Echt, a radiation oncologist with over two decades of experience, is the founder of Choice Cancer Care. Choice Cancer Care is among the busiest practices in the country for brachytherapy, or prostate seed implant therapy – a cancer treatment plan for prostate cancer that provides remarkable success rates and fewer life-limiting side effects.