Expert Video - Is a “Placebo” always used in a controlled clinical trial?

Not all clinical trials are “Placebo-Controlled Trials”. Most of the time placebo controlled trials are quite rare, because in lung cancer trials the patients almost always get the best standard of care available. It’s very rare that a cancer clinical trial patient would get “no active therapy” as a placebo. Patients need to discuss the details of each clinical trial very carefully with their healthcare provider to make sure they understand the potential benefits and risks involved.

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