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Clinical trials for childhood leukaemia
If a clinical trial (study) becomes available while your child is being treated, your consultant may recommend you consider enrolling them in it.
Clinical trials are done for several reasons, including to look for new treatment options and to improve existing treatments. Taking part in a clinical trial has many advantages, such as the opportunity to have the newest available treatment which may not be offered outside the trial. Your child will also be very closely monitored and have detailed follow-up.
In a clinical trial, the best treatment available is compared with one that could be better – so your child will either have the current best available treatment, or the new one which could be better. Your child will still receive all the normal care that the NHS provides whilst they’re taking part in the trial.
Taking part in a clinical trial does come with uncertainties, so you may prefer that your child doesn’t take part. If you don’t want your child to be in a trial, or there isn’t a suitable trial available, they’ll be offered the best treatment available that’s suitable for their condition.