Clinical trials are research studies involving people. A clinical trial is a way to test a new treatment to prove that it is safe, effective, and possibly better than a standard treatment. The clinical trial may be evaluating a new drug, a new combination of existing treatments, a new approach to radiation therapy or surgery, or a new method of cancer prevention. About Clinical Trials www.cancer.net
A placebo-controlled clinical trial compares a new treatment with a placebo (inactive drug or treatment). Placebo-controlled clinical trials in cancer research are rare, but are used when there is no effective, standard treatment available. Read more about placebos in cancer clinical trials.
I never understood my clinical trial while I was on it. The information was all there in my informed consent. Even though the language was respectful and direct, I was unable to process it.
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. Understanding Clinical Trials: clinicaltrials.gov
I'm glad I participated in the trial, even if I don't understand it.
Honestly, the sedation was fun, the prep was not fun, the medical team at Georgetown University Hospital are the best, and: my results were great.
Talk to your primary care physician about colon cancer prevention!
Giving yourself permission to laugh is as important as giving yourself permission to cry and grieve. That's because humor is an important defense mechanism; it can help people with cancer adjust to the stress of their illness and treatment. Being able to laugh can create a sense of power. By helping you adjust to the reality of your illness, it can give you a renewed sense of control over your life.
I'm a guest on this BBC program about columns by Bill Keller and Emma Gilbey Keller, criticizing a woman who blogs about her life with cancer. I came out of the blocks a bit wild, but had a very good conversation you can hear by clicking the Listen Now link: