I heard about a clinical trial for my illness, and it was called a treatment trial. Can you tell me what a treatment trial is?
The National Institutes of Health lists five different types of clinical trials:
- Diagnostic: These trials are conducted to find better tests or procedures for
diagnosing a particular disease or condition.
- Prevention: These trials are conducted to find better ways to prevent disease in
people who have never had the disease or to prevent a disease from returning. These approaches
may include medicines, vaccines, vitamins, minerals, or lifestyle changes.
- Quality of Life: These trials explore ways to improve comfort and the quality of
life for people living with a chronic illness.
- Screening: These trials test the best way to detect certain diseases or health
- Treatment: These trials test experimental treatments, new combinations of drugs, or
new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy.
Get information about clinical trials at www.clinicaltrials.gov, a service of the National Institutes of Health.