• Do Clinical trials help?

    Asked by toshaberger on Sunday, August 25, 2019

    Do Clinical trials help?

    Need nutritional holistic doctor.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar

      No sure what your question is. Clinical trials can help but I think it's a blind trial so you don't know if you are actually getting the real product or a placebo. When things get bad, sometimes a clinical trial is a last hope. They are basically using you to see if it works.
      And you don't have a choice of doctors in a trial. It's whoever is running the trial.
      I think your doctor would be able to direct you to a trial if that is what you want.

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      (In best Rodney Dangerfield voice) "Are you kiddin' me?" I am alive today specifically because of one clinical trial and the subsequent long-term study. The US arm of that long-term drug study was dropped when it was found that I was the only one left in it. That drug is now commercially available and in use against rare and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas - for which there is no standard therapy.

      So yeah, they help. A lot.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      They help lots of people stay alive each year. They don't save everyone, but neither does traditional treatments. So you balance the fact that if you are being told you might need to look at trials, then your first line of treatment, and maybe 2nd, are not working, with your desire to stay alive, or just toss in the chips. Nothing wrong with either one, it's an individual's choice and nobody can make it for you. Our best to you in whatever is decided.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was given 4 months to live when I was first diagnosed with lung cancer. I underwent traditional treatment, which extended my life for about 6 months. But, as soon as we stopped those chemicals, the tumors took off and regained all the ground we had made against them.

      At that point, I entered a clinical trial for what turned out to be immunotherapy. Greg's right - they don't save everyone, but the clinical trial is the reason I am still here today - nearly 7 years after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.

      I'm unclear about the second part of your post - about needing a nutritional, holistic doctor... (My clinic has a dietician who helps you with diet, but if you're looking to cure small cell lung cancer with a diet ... I have no idea where to send you. I would not personally even consider trusting my health to someone that wants to treat something like lung cancer with diet alone.)

      6 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar

      My husband also has small cell lung cancer. He's gone through surgery, relapse, then chemo and radiation. He's 4 years out and stable for now but we were told that if/when his cancer comes back a clinical trial was his only option. Would he do it? I don't know. He had a really tough go with the chemo and rad. He had the maximum amount of radiation and the chemo damaged his kidneys. I don't even know if he'd be eligible. But it's worth a shot.

      6 months ago
    • KathyMarie's Avatar

      I am in a clinical trial and everyone receives the drug in this trial. My cancer is gone and the only side effect has been mild fatigue. I was Stage 3A . Immunotherapy has shown great promise and is definitely worth trying.

      6 months ago

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