Each year, CancerCare® publishes a special edition of the CancerCare Connect Booklet Series that presents research highlights from the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The information contained in these pages is intended for discussion with your doctor. He or she can tell you whether these advances in cancer treatment affect your treatment plan and whether a clinical trial is right for you.
Some of the treatments discussed in this booklet are still in the very early stages of research and may not be available to the general public outside of a clinical trial. The advances in treatment that have come about are because of the many people who have taken part in such studies. If current drugs or other types of cancer treatment no longer benefit you, you may wish to explore joining a clinical trial. The members of your health care team will help you fully understand the possible risks and benefits involved.
In the sidebar, you will find a list of resources, including websites where you can search for a clinical trial. If your particular type of cancer is not discussed in this booklet and you wish to take part in a study, these websites can help.