- How are Merkel cell carcinomas treated?
- Surgery for Merkel cell carcinoma
- Radiation therapy for Merkel cell carcinoma
- Chemotherapy for Merkel cell carcinoma
- Clinical trials for Merkel cell carcinoma
- Complementary and alternative therapies for Merkel cell carcinoma
- Treating Merkel cell carcinoma based on the extent of the cancer
Clinical trials for Merkel cell carcinoma
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 Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). 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 access to some newer treatments. They are also one of the best ways for doctors to learn better methods to treat MCC. 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 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 will need to meet certain requirements to take part in any clinical trial. If you do qualify for a clinical trial, it’s up to you whether or not to enter (enroll in) it.
To learn more about clinical trials, see Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know.
Last Medical Review: 04/13/2015
Last Revised: 04/27/2015