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To your health,
The Avera staff
What Clinical Research Studies Can Do for
Clinical research studies,
also called medical research and clinical trials, determine
whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.
Researchers do many studies on serious diseases, including
cancer, and some cancer patients choose to participate. If you're
thinking about being part of a study, weigh the advantages and
disadvantages to decide if it's the right choice for you.
design studies to answer specific questions about new vaccines,
therapies or treatments, and then they look for qualified
patients to participate. One benefit to participation is that
patients continue to receive high-quality care during the studies.
Participating in a study can benefit others because it helps
researchers learn more about a disease and its treatments. Study
participants also may benefit by being one of the first people to
experience positive results from a new therapy.
there are drawbacks to participation. New treatments may have
unknown side effects, and your treatment may not be better than
the current standard of care. Additionally, participants are
sometimes in a control group that receives standard care instead
of the study's new treatment, or you may be part of a control
group that receives a placebo that has no therapeutic benefit.
in clinical studies is voluntary, and only you can decide if a
clinical trial is right for you. Be sure to ask a lot of questions
and fully understand the study, your options, the cost and your
commitment. If you are considering an Avera clinical research
study, a research team member will discuss your questions or
concerns before you consent to participate. That team member will
address types of tests, treatments, frequency of treatments,
risks, benefits and much more about the study.
you are interested in being a part of a clinical research study,
many Avera oncology studies currently
are enrolling patients. Talk to your provider to see if one might
be right for you.
What Is Integrative Medicine?
Avera cancer treatment centers offer some types of integrative
medicine, which complements traditional medical treatment.
Integrative medicine, also called holistic or complementary
medicine, focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit. The
therapies help people deal with side effects and give them a
deeper sense of well-being instead of solely treating the
medicine at your facility may include:
Therapeutic massage: This
promotes muscle relaxation, increases blood flow and releases
Nutrition consultation: A
well-balanced diet, planned especially for cancer patients, can
speed recovery, provide energy and manage side effects.
Mind-body classes: Yoga,
tai chi, pilates and meditation can have a positive effect on the
body by releasing stress, strengthening muscles and improving
essential oils can calm, stimulate, restore or strengthen a
patient. Aromatherapy is often used to treat anxiety, insomnia,
nausea or pain.
Acupuncture: An ancient healing
therapy, acupuncture is designed to reduce pain, headaches,
nausea and more by placing small needles on the body's
types of integrative medicine include guided imagery, spiritual
labyrinths, arts in healing, healing touch and more. Ask your
health care provider about what therapies are available at your
facility and whether it's appropriate for you.
Cancer Care is one in a
series of Avera eNewsletters that gives readers valuable
information about health and wellness at Avera facilities. It is
not intended to replace personal medical advice, which should be
obtained directly from a physician.