- How are gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors treated?
- Surgery for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
- Chemotherapy for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
- Radiation therapy for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
- Clinical trials for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
- Complementary and alternative therapies for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
- Treatment of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors by stage
Clinical trials for gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors
You may have had to make a lot of decisions since you've been told you have cancer. One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing which treatment is best for you. You might have heard about clinical trials being done for your type of cancer. Or maybe someone on your cancer care team has mentioned a clinical trial to you.
Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to learn more about promising new treatments or procedures.
Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. Sometimes they may be the only way to get access to some newer treatments. They are also one of the best ways for doctors to learn better methods to treat cancer. Still, they are not right for everyone.
If you would like to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials. You can also call our clinical trials matching service for a list of studies that might meet your medical needs. You can reach this service at 1-800-303-5691 or on our website at www.cancer.org/clinicaltrials. You can also get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.
You must meet requirements to take part in any clinical trial. But if you do qualify for a clinical trial, it is up to you to decide whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.
You can get a lot more information on clinical trials by reading Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know.
Last Medical Review: 02/26/2015
Last Revised: 04/17/2015