Clinical trials are studies in which people volunteer to take part in tests of new drugs or procedures. Doctors use clinical trials to develop new treatments for serious diseases such as cancer. In this section you can learn about clinical trials in general, find tools to help you decide if a clinical trial may be right for you, and search for specific studies you may be eligible to take part in.
The American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families and health care workers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to a patient's medical and personal situation. Through a partnership with the eviti, Inc., we can help you find research studies that are testing new drugs or methods to prevent, detect or treat cancer. In just a few minutes, you can learn more about clinical trials that are relevant to your situation.
This worksheet (in PDF format) provides a list of questions you can ask to help you decide whether a particular clinical trial is right for you.
About Clinical Trials (ACT) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Genentech. At www.LearnAboutClinicalTrials.org, patients and their loved ones will find informational videos, a patient discussion guide, responses to common misconceptions about cancer clinical trials, and lists of helpful resources.
Even though placebos are not active medicines, they seem to help some patients. The effects of placebos may occur because the patient believes in the substance, the treatment, or the doctor. Even if a person feels better after taking a placebo, it doesn't mean the person's illness or symptoms were not real.
Learn about what participating in a clinical trial is like, why the clinical trial process is so important for cancer research, and how the ACS clinical trials matching service helps people find trials that are right for them.
Despite the importance of clinical trials, only 5% of cancer patients currently participate. Learn more about the Clinical Trials Matching Service and what clinicians can do to increase awareness.
Go here for a list of other web sites that offer information and services to help you find a clinical trial that is right for you.