Clinical trials are the gold standard of childhood cancer care, but they are often misunderstood by parents. This section explains clinical research within the context of retinoblastoma care.
When medical research involves patients, it is called a clinical trial or clinical research study.
Clinical trials are conducted in phases. Each phase has specific aims and objectives that help to answer the researchers’ questions or hypotheses.
Protocols are documents in which researchers identify all information required to assess the effectiveness or safety of the treatment being investigated.
Sponsors (who fund and oversee the trial) and investigators (clinicians who design and implement the trial) have joint responsibility for patient safety.
Country by country, the small number of children with retinoblastoma makes it difficult to conduct clinical trials to evaluate new treatments.
Making an educated, well-informed judgment on whether to participate is crucial, as it will determine what treatment your child will receive in the months to come.
Ask as many questions as necessary to help you clearly understand the clinical research study proposed for your child.