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Understanding Clinical Trials for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

A clinical trial tests a new treatment that may work better or cause fewer problems than current treatments. These treatments are not yet cures. But the trial gives you a chance to get a treatment that is not yet available to the general public.

Ask your doctor if there’s a trial that you should think about joining. They have certain rules, called criteria, for joining. Here are some of the things they look at.

  • Your overall health

  • The type and stage of your lymphoma

  • The types of treatments you have had already

Talk with your doctor about whether a clinical trial is right for you. Here are two ways you can see lists of trials in the United States.

  • Call the National Cancer Institute’s free PDQ line at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

  • Go to www.clinicaltrials.gov.