- How is Kaposi sarcoma treated?
- Treating immune deficiency and related infections in people with Kaposi sarcoma
- Local therapy for Kaposi sarcoma
- Radiation therapy for Kaposi sarcoma
- Chemotherapy for Kaposi sarcoma
- Biologic therapy (immunotherapy) for Kaposi sarcoma
- Clinical trials for Kaposi sarcoma
- Complementary and alternative therapies for Kaposi sarcoma
- General considerations in the treatment of Kaposi sarcoma
- More treatment information for Kaposi sarcoma
Clinical trials for Kaposi sarcoma
You may have had to make a lot of decisions since you’ve been told you have Kaposi sarcoma (KS). One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing which treatment is best for you. You may have heard about clinical trials being done for KS. Or maybe someone on your health care team has mentioned a clinical trial to you.
Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done with patients who volunteer for them. They are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures.
If you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should 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 clinical trials that meet your medical needs. You can reach this service at 1-800-303-5691 or on our Web site at www.cancer.org/clinicaltrials. You can also get a list of current clinical trials by calling the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials Web site at www.cancer.gov.
You will have to meet some requirements to take part in any clinical trial. If you do qualify for a clinical trial, it is up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.
Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. Sometimes they may be the only way to get some newer treatments. They are also the only way for doctors to learn better methods to treat cancer. Still, they are not right for everyone.
You can get a lot more information on clinical trials in our document called Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know. You can read it on our Web site or call our toll-free number (1-800-227-2345) and have it sent to you.
Last Medical Review: 02/20/2013
Last Revised: 02/20/2013