Stomach Cancer

Future Research

Many patients with stomach cancer are treated in clinical trials (treatment studies). Doctors conduct clinical trials for stomach cancer to find out whether a new approach is both safe and effective and to answer scientific questions. Patients who take part in these studies are often the first to receive new stomach cancer treatments that have shown promise in laboratory research.

In clinical trials, stomach cancer patients may receive the new treatment while others receive the standard approach. In this way, doctors can compare different gastric cancer therapies. Patients who take part in a trial make an important contribution to medical science and may have the first chance to benefit from improved stomach cancer treatment methods. Researchers also use clinical trials to look for ways to reduce the side effects of stomach cancer treatment and to improve the quality of patients' lives. Many clinical trials for people with stomach cancer are under way. Patients who are interested in taking part in a trial should talk with their doctor.

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