Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
Sometimes clinical trials give patients the chance to benefit from improved treatment methods before the new treatment becomes the standard of care for all breast cancer patients. However, there are usually several phases of clinical trials for each new treatment studied, and earlier trials may consist of smaller doses in order to determine efficacy and observe side effects. It is important to ask about clinical trials before you receive any treatment because certain treatments may disqualify you from some clinical trials. You should only participate in clinical trials at reputable cancer centers that have obtained the necessary National Cancer Institute and FDA approvals.