A clinical trial is a new treatment or medicine being offered to patients. The new treatment (for example a new chemotherapy drug) has been extensively tested and is safe for use, and is being offered to test how well it works in treating the cancer.
Thanks to pioneering and innovative medics and researchers, clinical trials for head and neck cancers are growing more common. So far, Throat Cancer Foundation staff have visited research units all across the UK to see, first hand, some of the trials currently happening. Every drug you will be offered in your treatment will have undergone clinical trials at some stage, so these are really signs of potentially ground-breaking new treatments.
CAN I TAKE PART IN A MEDICAL TRIAL?
If you wish to take part in a medical trial, you should discuss it with your medical team. It may not be appropriate or beneficial, but your doctors will be able to advise you on this if you ask.