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Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Frequently Asked Questions
18. What is a clinical trial?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a clinical trial is "a research study conducted to evaluate a medical procedure or medical product, such as a drug." New treatment approaches for transplant-related side-effects and complications are also being tested through clinical trials.
Clinical trials have three phases:
Benefits of a clinical trial may include lower treatment costs, additional monitoring and follow-up above the standard of care, and potential availability of newer treatments not currently available to treat your malignancy. Drawbacks may include unknown side-effects and insurance issues.
Discuss the pros and cons of participating in a clinical trial with your doctor. For information on Clinical Trials, see Resource Listing under National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health.
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