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Clinical trials for osteosarcoma

You may have had to make a lot of decisions since you’ve been told you (or your child) has osteosarcoma. One of the most important decisions you will make is deciding which treatment is best for you. You may have heard about clinical trials being done for osteosarcoma. 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 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 some newer treatments. They are also the best way for doctors to learn better ways 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 (or your child), 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 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 at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or by visiting the NCI clinical trials website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.

There are requirements that must be met to take part in any clinical trial. If you (or your child) do qualify for a clinical trial, it is up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it. Older children, who can understand more, usually must also agree to take part in the clinical trial before the parents’ consent is accepted.

For more on clinical trials, see our document Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know.

Last Medical Review: 06/13/2014
Last Revised: 01/06/2015