Clinical trials may offer participating patients’ options and access to investigational treatments that they would not have otherwise. As scientists search for improved therapies, information obtained from clinical trials may contribute to a greater knowledge about the use of a device or to the development of a new treatment. Patients who participate in these clinical trials for rectal cancer offer a chance for future patients to benefit from this groundbreaking work.
If you are eligible and decide to voluntarily participate in a clinical trial, besides optionally receiving a treatment you would not have access to otherwise, you will also receive follow-up care that goes with being part of a clinical study. However, patients may hesitate to investigate trial options for various reasons.
Clinical Trial Misconceptions
There are many myths that surround clinical trials. One of the most common misconceptions is that trials are only for people who have exhausted all other standard treatment options. It is true that clinical trials may be suggested in cases where standard of care treatment options have not been successful, but this is not the only time that they are available. In fact, there are trials available for various lines of treatment and different conditions.
There are often requirements for the trials such as age restriction, tumor location, stage, and planned surgical approach. Researching options does not mean that you are required to participate. It merely affords you the potential for additional options.
Find Out if One is Right for You
Talk to your doctor if you are interested in a clinical trial. Your doctor can help facilitate by suggesting trials, determining whether you qualify, and/or providing the necessary medical records.
Your doctor may give you additional or alternate information regarding colorectal cancer and ostomies, depending on your situation. If you have questions about your best course of action, schedule an appointment to discuss what’s right for you.