Knowing all you can about clinical trials can help you feel better when deciding whether or not to take part in one. This guide addresses many basic questions and concerns about clinical trials so that you will be better prepared to discuss this option with your doctor and your family. It can help you decide which questions you need to ask and what the answers may mean for you.
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 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.
More Clinical Trials Decision-making Resources
Other Clinical Trials Websites
- ACT: About Clinical Trials – a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Genentech to help patients and their loved ones find informational videos, a patient discussion guide, responses to common misconceptions about cancer clinical trials, and lists of helpful resources.
- Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups – provides information to help patients understand why clinical trials are a treatment option and learn about the clinical trial process.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ) – lists more than 1,800 NCI-sponsored cancer clinical trials, and explains what to do when you find one that you think is right for you.
- Children's Oncology Group (COG) – offers your child the most up-to-date-treatment through participation in clinical trials, no matter where you live. Member institutions are located in almost every state, at more than 238 medical centers.