Clinical Trials for Soft Tissue Sarcomas
You may have had to make a lot of decisions since you’ve been told you have cancer. One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing which treatment is best for you. You may have heard about clinical trials being done for your type of cancer. Or maybe someone on your health care team has mentioned a clinical trial to you.
Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures. If you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials.
You can get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.
The American Cancer Society offers a clinical trials matching service based on your medical needs. You can reach this service by calling 1-800-303-5691 or by website at www.cancer.org/clinicaltrials.
There are requirements you must meet to take part in any clinical trial. If you do qualify for a clinical trial, it is up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.
Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. In some cases they may be the only way to get access to newer treatments. Also, they may be the only way for doctors to learn better methods for treating cancer. Please discuss any new or upcoming clinical trials with your doctor and sarcoma specialist. Clinical trials are an essential part in helping to someday find a cure for LMS, but they are not right for everyone.