Taking Part in Cancer Research
Doctors all over the world are conducting many types of clinical trials (research studies in which people volunteer to take part). Clinical trials are designed to find out whether new treatments are safe and effective.
Doctors are studying new drugs, other treatments, and their combinations, including combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy.
Even if the people in a trial do not benefit directly, they may still make an important contribution by helping doctors learn more about cancer of the pancreas and how to control it. Although clinical trials may pose some risks, doctors 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 Web site includes a section on clinical trials at http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials. It has general information about clinical trials as well as detailed information about specific ongoing studies of cancer of the pancreas. NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237) and at LiveHelp can answer questions and provide information about clinical trials.
Also, you may wish to contact NCI’s Surgery Branch at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The telephone number is 301– 496– 4164.