Of course you wouldn’t want to receive a diagnosis of cancer from your physician. It would be an overwhelming time of new terms, tests, procedures and treatment to face in the weeks, months and years to come. You might even be approached by your physician during the workup about participating in a clinical trial and wonder if this would be the right choice for you. Cancer clinical trials are used by physicians to determine if a new treatment regime will be safe and effective for patients. Many people participate in clinical trials every year and countless more benefit from the results of the clinical trials.
How A Clinical Trial Could Benefit You If You Were Diagnosed with Cancer
- You might be offered the standard-of-care treatment, which is the best treatment available, or a new treatment that may be better than the standard of care.
- You might be offered a treatment that is not available unless you participated in a clinical trial.
- You would be watched closely by your physician and research nurse.
- The results from the clinical trial could provide new treatment options in future to other cancer patients.
Cancer clinical trials help to continue our fight against cancer. Without patients enrolling in cancer clinical trials we would not be able to improve cancer treatment now and in the future.
Botsford Cancer Center offers and participates in national cancer treatment and prevention trials. We bring the most advanced research clinical trials offered by other leading hospitals to our patients in this community. If you would like to find out more about Botsford Cancer Center clinical trials, please call the Clinical Trials Office at 248-473-4831 or 248-471-8120 and ask for “clinical trials.”
I’m here to help if you need me.
Debbie Lijewski, RN, BSN
Research Nurse Clinician
Botsford Cancer Center