Esophageal Cancer (cont.)
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Cancer Treatment Research
Cancer research has led to advances that have helped people with esophageal cancer live longer, and doctors continue to search for new and better ways to treat this disease.
All over the world, doctors are conducting many types of cancer treatment research studies (clinical trials). In the United States, NCI sponsors studies with people who have esophageal cancer, including studies of the combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.
Even if people taking part in a clinical trial don't benefit directly from the treatment under study, they may still make an important contribution by helping doctors learn more about esophageal cancer and how to control it. Although clinical trials may pose some risks, researchers do all they can to protect their patients.
If you're interested in being part of a clinical trial, talk with your doctor.
NCI's website has a section on clinical trials at http:// www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials. You can learn about...
Also, you can get detailed information about specific ongoing studies of esophageal cancer on NCI's website.
In addition, NCI's Cancer Information Service can answer your questions and provide information about clinical trials. Contact CIS at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or at LiveHelp (https://livehelp.cancer.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 3/1/2013
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