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Treatment and Clinical Trials

 

Treatment
Cancer is not a single disease with a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. If possible, it’s important to be treated at a cancer center or medical center that specializes in treating the type of cancer you have. Adolescents or young adults with certain kinds of cancer may do better if treated with regimens tailored to younger children rather than those designed for older adults. Talk with your doctor about getting a second opinion and whether being treated on a clinical trial is a possibility.

Clinical trials are an important treatment option for cancer patients of all ages since they provide the most up-to-date treatments. Currently, only about 2 percent of patients 20 to 39 years old are treated in clinical trials, compared with more than 60 percent of children under the age of 15. Survival rates for pediatric cancer have increased dramatically in the last few decades. Participation of more adolescents and young adults in clinical trials will help improve treatment, survival, and understanding of the types of cancers that occur in patients in this age group. 

Learn about different types of treatment and about clinical trials that may be an option for you.

Cancer Research Now: Fertility Issues for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

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The effect of treatment on fertility is a special concern for young cancer patients. An oncologist, a patient advocate, and young adult cancer survivors discuss options for preserving fertility, current research questions, and policy concerns.

 

On this page:
Biology of Cancers in Young Adults
Cancer Treatments
Clinical Trials
Fertility Issues
Find a Doctor or Treatment Facility
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Biology of Cancers in Young Adults

Cancer Treatments

Clinical Trials

Fertility Issues

Find a Doctor or Treatment Facility

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    A fact sheet that offers suggestions for choosing a physician and facility for cancer treatment.
  • Teen Cancer Centers: A Conversation with The Who's Roger Daltrey
    Learn about the benefits for teens with cancer if they receive treatment at centers designed to meet their needs, and see one rock star's role in supporting these centers. (from the March 6, 2012, NCI Cancer Bulletin)
  • NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
    NCI-Designated Cancer Centers develop and translate scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients. They are at the forefront of NCI-supported efforts at universities and cancer research centers across the United States. Find a center near you and learn about their research capabilities and patient services.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine