Surprisingly, there has been no significant improvement in survival for teens with cancer in the past 30 years when compared to other age groups. This may be due to the fact that teens are the least likely to enrol in clinical trials. It also seems that teens have fallen through the cracks of clinical research because many trials look at either children or adults.
Top Tips from Dr. Rebecca Johnson, medschoolforparents.com Expert:
- Clinical trials compare current treatment regimens to a modified regimens or a completely new treatment. Survival rates improve because of new findings from clinical trials.
- Seek advice on ongoing clinical trials that may involve teens with cancer in order to explore modified or new treatments and improve survival rates.