Clinical trials offer hope. They also provide the opportunity for you to take an active role in your treatment. Participating in a clinical trial may not only benefit you; it may benefit others who are facing the same type of cancer that you are.
The best way to learn about and find a clinical trial that is right for you is to talk to your doctor. While it is helpful to begin these conversations early in your treatment process, they can happen at any stage of your cancer experience.
It’s possible your doctor may or may not be involved in clinical trials. If they are, they might know a trial that is a good fit for you and may be able to enroll you on a clinical trial in the cancer center where you are being treated. You may also need to ask your doctor whether there are any clinical trials that are appropriate for your cancer. In some instances, you may need to change the location of your treatment if the trial that is right for you is not offered at your current treatment center.
But you don’t have to wait for your doctor to bring up a clinical trial. Some people seek information and look for clinical trials on their own. If you do choose to go on the internet, stick with established sites or with organizations that help match patients to trials. Take the information you find to your doctor for discussion.
What you need to know to find a clinical trial:
- Your exact cancer type and stage
- Your previous treatments
- Whether your cancer center participates in clinical research and offers clinical trials
- Where the trial is offered
Find A Clinical Trial
Below are 2 well-known organizations that provide information and details about clinical trials for all types of cancer. While each site may look different, most clinical trials will be included on both sites.
This is a large, government database of clinical trials you can search. This database lists publicly and privately supported clinical trials. But keep in mind, not all trials found here are for cancer. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Peer Clinical Trials Support Program
If you are a Black or African American cancer patient and want one-on-one support to learn more about clinical trials, this program is for you.
Clinical Trial Resources
The Cancer Support Community offers a number of resources for cancer patients and their caregivers looking to learn more about or find a clinical trial.
CSC’s Cancer Support Helpline offers specialized support to help you navigate cancer clinical trials. Our Clinical Trials Navigator serves as a resource to patients and families seeking general information about cancer clinical trials, including referrals to resources related to clinical trials. They can also offer tips on discussing clinical trials with a healthcare team and how to find a clinical trial.
The Peer Clinical Trials Support Program is a free, over-the-phone service by CSC. This program matches Black or African American cancer patients with a peer — a Black or African American cancer patient or survivor with experience participating in a cancer clinical trial. If you want 1-on-1 support to ask questions, talk about your concerns, or simply learn more about clinical trials, this program is for you.
To get connected to a peer, call 888-292-5162 or fill out a quick interest form online today.
If you have an upcoming treatment decision, Open to Options may be able to help. Open to Options can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit and help you talk more openly with your healthcare team about the things that really matter to you in your cancer treatment. In a brief 1-hour session, an Open to Options® Specialist can help you develop a personal list of questions and concerns that will help you and your doctor explore your situation and develop the best treatment option for you.
Open to Options is available in English and Spanish for people with any stage of cancer.