Doctors all over the country are conducting many types of clinical trials for leukemia. These are research studies in which people take part voluntarily. Studies include new methods of leukemia treatment and supportive care for patients with leukemia. Leukemia research already has led to advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective approaches to leukemia treatment.
Patients who join these studies have the first chance to benefit from leukemia treatments that have shown promise in earlier leukemia research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disease. Although clinical trials for leukemia may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients.
Researchers are testing new biological therapies and new anticancer drugs, doses, and treatment schedules. They also are working with various drugs and with combinations of drugs, biological therapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplantation. Patients who are interested in being part of a clinical trial for leukemia treatment should talk with their doctor.