10 Biggest Cancer Clinical Trial Myths Busted
People have a lot of misconceptions about cancer clinical research trials. They might think patients mostly take sugar pills instead of receiving actual treatment. Or they may think clinical research studies are only for people who have no other options.
These and many other common beliefs about cancer clinical research trials are simply not true, says Denise Dawson, Research Administrator, Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
Ms. Dawson and her colleagues lined up a list of the Top 10 myths that they frequently hear about clinical trials and set about shooting them down one by one:
Myth 1: Participating in clinical research provides no benefit to me as the patient
In fact, trials give patients access to the latest drugs and procedures. Studies show that patients who participate in clinical trials have outcomes at least as good, if not better, than the general patient population. Continue.