The best way to find a clinical trial for you is to talk to your doctor. If you are being treated in an academic medical center or large cancer center, the discussion about participating in clinical trials usually takes place early in the process. If you are in a community cancer center or private practice setting, you may need to ask your doctor whether there are any clinical trials that are appropriate for your cancer.
Some people seek out information and look for clinical trials. 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. In some instances, your doctor will be able to enroll you on the clinical trial in the cancer center where you are being treated, but in others, you will need to change the location of your treatment.
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
The Cancer Support Community has a decision support counseling program called Open to Options® that can help you prepare for an appointment in which you will be making a treatment decision. The program is available in English or Spanish for people with any stage of cancer.
The service can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit and help you talk more openly with your health care team about the things that really matter to you in your cancer treatment. In a brief one-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. If you have questions about clinical trials and would like to speak to our clinical trials educator, please call the Cancer Support Helpline to schedule an appointment, 1-888-793-9355.
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.
CSC’s Clinical Trials Matching Service
In partnership with EmergingMed, we provide phone and web-based pre-screening, referral and education services to patients, advocates and health care professionals searching for appropriate clinical trials.
The service uses a questionnaire to compare to compare a patient's profile to the specific eligibility criteria of cancer clinical trials in the area. If no trial matches are found locally, then you will be offered trial matches nationwide. During the initial call, a Clinical Trials Specialist will also provide a basic clinical trials education and mail/email/fax trial matches to constituents who successfully match to one or more trials.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial Search
Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial Search is the first-ever clinical trial search engine designed specifically for people with metastatic breast cancer.
Additional Clinical Trials Services
- American Cancer Society’s Matching Service
- FDA Oncology Center for Excellence
- National Cancer Institute's Clinical Trials Registry
- National Library of Medicine’s Clinical Trials Search