As you read about the exciting new therapies, you may be wondering why isn't my oncologist using these treatments?
There may be many reasons why your doctor has determined these treatments are not for you including:
- Many of the treatments are so new that they are still in clinical trials. In this case, you may be able to sign up for a trial.
- Not all the new drugs work on every type of cancer or are appropriate for every patient based on their overall health.
If you want access to the latest treatments, you may qualify for a cancer clinical trial. Do your research and ask your cancer care team about your treatment and what the newer therapies could mean for you. Your best guide is your oncologist and medical team and they will be happy to discuss treatment options suitable for you.