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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, Version 1.2017


Cancer treatments

Clinical trials

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

any time.

Some benefits:



You’ll have access to the most current cancer




You will be closely watched by your treatment




You may help other patients with cancer.

Some risks:



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,





Complementary and

alternative medicine



omplementary and





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

Part 5,