Clinical Trials as a Treatment Option
Many oncologists recommend that their cancer patients, especially those who have advanced lung cancer, consider participating in clinical trials. Clinical trials for lung cancer are studies of experimental treatments. Patients often turn to clinical trials when their lung cancer treatments are not working as they had hoped or when their treatment options are limited due to the stage in which their cancer was diagnosed.
Treatments that are studied during clinical trials often include the latest innovations, but they are not always approved, and they don’t guarantee a cure. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials, talk with your physician and carefully weigh your options for treatment. In addition to possibly increasing your chances of finding a successful treatment, participating in clinical trials can help clinicians better understand how to treat lung cancer in the future.
If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.