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Home › Clinical Trials for Brain CancerClinical trials are studies designed by researchers to test the most promising new treatments on a group of volunteers with brain cancer. A recent study of clinical trial participants showed that 91% of them would recommend that family or friends take part in a clinical trial if faced with cancer. You can search for clinical trials to participate in at:
Each clinical trial follows a very strict set of rules called a protocol. Only certain people can qualify for the trail. Examples of clinical trial inclusion and exclusion criteria include a person's age, type of disease, medical history, and current health. For research purposes, the doctor's want all the clinical trial participants to be medically similar. And, they want to exclude people for whom it is not medically safe (such as somebody with a severe heart condition). The protocol also dictates the schedule of tests, procedures, medications and does, and the length of the study.
Most clinical cancer trials involve comparing a new treatment against the standard treatment, and patients are not told which one (new vs. old) they are getting. But, they are usually not just given a placebo (no tratment). Clinical trials take place a doctor's office or hospital and are usually covered by health insurance. Keep in mind that you have the right to leave a clinical trial at any time for any reason.
Note: The information provided on this website was not written by a doctor or cancer specialist, so in all cases you should consult your own doctor about diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.