NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, Version 1.2017
All clinical trials have a plan and are carefully led by
a medical team. Patients in a clinical trial are often
alike with their cancer type and general health. You
can join a clinical trial when you meet certain terms.
These terms are called eligibility criteria.
If you decide to join a trial, you will need to review
and sign a paper called an informed consent
form. This form describes the clinical trial in detail,
including the benefits and risks. Even after you sign
consent, you can stop taking part in a clinical trial at
You’ll have access to the most current cancer
You will be closely watched by your treatment
You may help other patients with cancer.
Like any test or treatment, there may be side
New tests or treatments may not work.
You may have to visit the hospital more.
Ask your doctor or nurse if a clinical trial may be an
option for you. There may be clinical trials where
you’re getting treatment or at other treatment centers
nearby. You can also find clinical trials through the
websites listed in Part 5,
is a group of treatments sometimes used by
people with cancer. Many CAMs are being
studied to see if they are truly helpful.
Complementary medicines are meant to
be used alongside standard therapies,
most often for relaxation, improving
your health, or to prevent or reduce side
Alternative medicine is treatment
or techniques that are used instead
of standard treatments such as
chemotherapy or radiation. Some are sold
as cures even though they haven’t been
proven to work in clinical trials.
Many cancer centers or local hospitals have
complementary therapy programs that offer
acupuncture, yoga, and other types of therapy.
It’s important to tell your treatment team if
you are using any complementary medicine,
especially supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
Some of these things can interfere with your
cancer treatment. For more information about
CAM, ask your doctor and visit the websites in