- How is nasopharyngeal cancer treated?
- Surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Chemotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Targeted therapy for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Clinical trials for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for nasopharyngeal cancer
- Treatment options, by stage of nasopharyngeal cancer
- More treatment information for nasopharyngeal cancer
Clinical trials for nasopharyngeal cancer
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 may have heard about clinical trials being done for your type of cancer. 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 website 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 website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.
You must meet the requirements to take part in any clinical trial, but if you do meet them you still get to choose 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 access to 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.
Last Medical Review: 01/15/2015
Last Revised: 03/03/2015