On the path to finding different ways to treat cancer; researchers have carried out various research and trials to find safe and effective treatments other than the standard ones. In fact, researchers have tested every drug in clinical trials that we use now. The clinical studies mainly focus on finding a safe, effective, and better treatment or diagnostic procedure. They evaluate new chemotherapy or radiotherapy drugs for better treatment of cancer.
Taking part in clinical trials can benefit people by receiving treatment before it is available. As the coin has two sides, there are some risks with the clinical trials, including its side effects and the possibility of new clinical trials not working. Clinical trials are also conducted on drugs and other therapies that can relieve the symptoms and side effects of treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc. People have 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 the type of cancer. Because standard treatments are not perfect, people are willing to face the uncertainty and challenges of a clinical trial to seek a better result.
Insurance and the costs of clinical trials change depending upon location and by study. Some of the expenses from participating in the clinical trial get a reimbursement in several programs.
Clinical trials also have specific “eligibility criteria” rules that help research patients be safe. You and your research team 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. Experts keep an eye on clinical trials for any problems with each study.