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  • Posted: 09/17/2012

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Cancer Treatment Research

Cancer research has led to advances that have helped people live longer, and doctors continue to search for new and better ways to treat lung cancer. All over the world, doctors are conducting many types of cancer treatment research studies (clinical trials).

NCI sponsors many studies with people who have lung cancer, such as studies of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and their combination.

Even if the people taking part in a clinical trial don't benefit directly from the treatment under study, they may still make an important contribution by helping doctors learn more about lung cancer and how to control it. Although clinical trials may pose some risks, researchers do all they can to protect their patients.

If you're interested in being part of a clinical trial, talk with your doctor. You may want to read the NCI booklet Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies. It describes how treatment studies are carried out and explains their possible benefits and risks.

NCI's website has a section on clinical trials at It has general information about clinical trials as well as detailed information about specific ongoing studies of lung cancer. Check for treatment research studies for non-small cell lung cancer and for small cell lung cancer that are now accepting patients.

NCI's Cancer Information Service can answer your questions and provide information about clinical trials. Contact CIS at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237) or at LiveHelp (

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