Many children’s tumor specialists are excited about treatments currently being researched and developed. They expect to see advances in several areas: less traumatic surgeries, new chemotherapeutic drugs and combinations of drugs that effectively could replace surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy with fewer side effects, treatments that marshal the body’s own immune system to kill tumor cells, and gene therapy.
Your child’s doctor or treatment team may recommend that you enroll your child in a clinical trial. This is a research study of new therapies (or experimental drugs and treatments). By studying a larger collected group of children in a protocol with very exact treatment guidelines, doctors are able to draw better conclusions about how effective a treatment is and work to improve it.
As a parent there may be times where you want more for your child than what is being offered by your child’s clinical team through standard medical care. When used in addition, or as a compliment to, traditional treatment and surgery, complimentary therapies and nutrition counseling may improve your child’s ability to cope with and tolerate treatments as well as improve physical well-being. It is critical to always discuss with your child’s team any additional therapies you may be considering.