Most modern medical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of bone marrow failure disease have undergone detailed studies to determine their safety and efficacy (does it work) before your physician can offer them as options. According to the National Institutes of Health, clinical trials are designed to add to medical knowledge related to the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases or conditions. Some common reasons for conducting clinical studies include:
- Evaluating one or more interventions (for example, drugs, medical devices, approaches to surgery or radiation therapy) for treating a disease, syndrome, or condition
- Finding ways to prevent the initial development or recurrence of a disease or condition. These can include medicines, vaccines, or lifestyle changes, among other approaches.
- Evaluating one or more interventions aimed at identifying or diagnosing a particular disease or condition
- Examining methods for identifying a condition or the risk factors for that condition
- Exploring and measuring ways to improve the comfort and quality of life through supportive care for people with a chronic illness
Some patients may think a clinical trial is only available when there are no other options. Others may simply now know what trials may be available to them. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has a nice review of some of the Myths vs. Facts About Clinical Trials. Have you ever you considered being part of a clinical trial? AA&MDSIF wants help you learn more about clinical trials.