In addition to the therapies approved by Health Canada, patients may be able to access other bladder cancer therapies through a clinical trial.
A clinical trial is a research study that tests how well a new medical approach works in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease such as bladder cancer. By participating in a clinical trial, you will be helping researchers answer important questions that will further the development of new effective treatments. Clinical trials may also provide you with another option in your treatment plan.
As a patient, you may be eligible to access a clinical trial, depending upon your type of bladder cancer, the stage of your disease and whether or not you have had prior therapies. If you find a clinical trial that may be of interest to you, take the information to your physician to discuss it in more detail.