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How much do you know about clinical trials?

Put your knowledge to the test by taking this short quiz by Virginia's leader in cancer clinical research, VCU Massey Cancer Center.

True or False:

  1. Clinical trials are a last resort for patients with a grim prognosis.
    CORRECT! - The answer is FALSE. Trials are available for all types and stages of cancer, as well as for symptom management. Eligible patients can enroll in multiple studies, such as one involving their surgery and one involving radiation therapy.
    INCORRECT - The answer is FALSE. Trials are available for all types and stages of cancer, as well as for symptom management. Eligible patients can enroll in multiple studies, such as one involving their surgery and one involving radiation therapy.
  2. VCU Massey Cancer Center patients only have access to clinical trials conducted by Massey's researchers.
    CORRECT! - The answer is FALSE. As a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey is part of a national network of research groups that develop and manage clinical trials. We have the latest information on studies nationwide and are committed to identifying the best ones for patients.
    INCORRECT - The answer is FALSE. As a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey is part of a national network of research groups that develop and manage clinical trials. We have the latest information on studies nationwide and are committed to identifying the best ones for patients.
  3. By participating in a trial, patients risk not getting any real treatment - they may just get a placebo.
    CORRECT! - The answer is FALSE. VCU Massey would never let the cancer go untreated. Patients participating in clinical trials always get the best treatment available. If a new drug is being tested as part of a trial, one group of patients might receive the current standard treatment plus the new drug, while another group may receive the current standard treatment plus a placebo (sugar pill). Either way, everyone is getting the best treatment available. Comparing the results of the two groups enables researchers to determine if the new drug is more effective than the current standard treatment.

    The only time a placebo would be used alone is if there is currently no standard treatment or if a new cancer prevention measure is being tested for people without cancer.
    INCORRECT - The answer is FALSE. VCU Massey would never let the cancer go untreated. Patients participating in clinical trials always get the best treatment available. If a new drug is being tested as part of a trial, one group of patients might receive the current standard treatment plus the new drug, while another group may receive the current standard treatment plus a placebo (sugar pill). Either way, everyone is getting the best treatment available. Comparing the results of the two groups enables researchers to determine if the new drug is more effective than the current standard treatment.

    The only time a placebo would be used alone is if there is currently no standard treatment or if a new cancer prevention measure is being tested for people without cancer.
  4. People may be able to take part in a clinical trial at Massey even if they don't have cancer.
    CORRECT! - The answer is TRUE. Several cancer prevention and control studies are available for people who are cancer-free. Many participants have a strong family health history of cancer and want to explore ways that may reduce their chance of developing cancer.
    INCORRECT - The answer is TRUE. Several cancer prevention and control studies are available for people who are cancer-free. Many participants have a strong family health history of cancer and want to explore ways that may reduce their chance of developing cancer.
  5. Treatment under a clinical trial costs more than standard treatment and is not covered by insurance.
    CORRECT! - The answer is FALSE. Many insurers cover the normal costs of treatment for cancer clinical trials, and many states, including Virginia, have mandatory coverage for certain types of trials. Clinical research staff can contact your insurance company on your behalf.
    INCORRECT - The answer is FALSE. Many insurers cover the normal costs of treatment for cancer clinical trials, and many states, including Virginia, have mandatory coverage for certain types of trials. Clinical research staff can contact your insurance company on your behalf.

YOUR SCORE: 0 OUT OF 5 CORRECT

Find out more information on clinical trials, including a list of all trials currently available at VCU Massey Cancer Center, by visiting www.massey.vcu.edu/trials or calling 804-628-1939.

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