Defined by the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials in supportive or palliative care explore ways to improve the comfort and quality of life of cancer patients and cancer survivors. The trials conducted in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center identify ways to help people who are experiencing symptoms related to cancer and its treatment, such as fatigue, nausea, pain, weight loss, sleep disorders and depression. Some supportive care trials also look at nutrition, rehabilitation and other interventions that aim to benefit patients and survivors.
Current Clinical Trials
- Ginseng on Cancer-Related Fatigue
- Dexamethasone for Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Multimodal Treatment for Fatigue in Prostate Cancer Patients
For more information about ongoing, active, supportive care trials run through the department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, contact Susan Frisbee-Hume, 713-745-4519; or Julio Allo, 713-563-1806.