Clinical trials and Benefits
Clinical trials have various elements such as the evaluation of new drugs, different combinations of treatments. The latest approaches to surgery and therapies make clinical trials a better option for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors.
Treatments that are safer and more effective are the outcome of a clinical trial. Clinical trials have been effective in reducing the symptoms and side effects during the treatment. However, volunteers or patients willing to participate in the clinical trials should communicate with their doctor and healthcare team. And accordingly make an informed choice regarding participation.
The volunteers willingly participate as they know the studies are a way to help advance gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Eligibility criteria for clinical trials ensure that the participants are safe, with no side effects, after well-structured research. People who take part in clinical trials for cancer can withdraw their participation at any time due to personal or medical problems. It can also be as the treatment failed to give them the desired results. Or also as they had to face severe risks and side effects.
Clinical Trials of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Various research and trials proves the safety and effectiveness of treatments. The clinical studies mainly focus on finding a safe, effective, and better treatment or diagnostic procedures. They evaluate new chemotherapy or radiotherapy drugs for better treatment of cancer. 1
Clinical trials can be used for all types and stages of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. It can help people receive the benefits of treatment before it is made available to the public. Just like a coin, clinical trials have two sides to them. There are certain risks with clinical trials. There can be side effects and the possibility of the latest clinical trial not being effective. Clinical trials are also conducted to relieve the symptoms and side effects of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. People are strongly encouraged to talk with their health care team about the pros and cons of joining a specific study.
Participating in clinical trials can have many reasons. For some people, taking part in a clinical trial is the only option to receive the best treatment for their cancer type. People might also be willing to face the challenges of a clinical trial to seek a better result, as the statistical success of the standard treatments is low. While some clinical trials study new ways to relieve symptoms and side effects during treatment. Others focus on ways to manage the late effects that may happen a long time after treatment.
Insurance and the costs of clinical trials vary depending upon location and study. Various organizations reimburse the expense of clinical trials. Clinical trials also have specific “eligibility criteria” rules that help research patients be safe. You and your research team must carefully review these criteria together. People participating in a clinical trial can stop participating at any time for any medical or personal reasons. The reasons may include that the new treatment is not working or has severe side effects. Hence, experts must look out for such problems during the study.
- 1.Khoshnood A. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor – A review of clinical studies. J Oncol Pharm Pract. Published online May 8, 2019:1473-1485. doi:10.1177/1078155219846955