What are Placebos and How Are They Used in MBC Clinical Trials? - Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial Talk

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A placebo, commonly called a sugar pill, is designed to look like the experimental drug but contains no medication. If you are considering enrolling in a clinical trial, you may be concerned about the possibility of getting a placebo. However, when placebos are used in cancer clinical trials, they are never used alone—you will receive either the standard treatment plus the experimental drug or the standard treatment plus a placebo. You will never receive only a placebo. You will also be told before you enroll in a trial if there is a chance you will receive a placebo along with the standard treatment.

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Last Modified on October 2, 2023



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