Clinical Trials

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A clinical trial is a research study that “prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes.”  Practically speaking, clinical trials are research studies that find and test new treatments or procedures.  Without clinical trials, we would not have the medical and scientific advances that we have today.

There is a great deal of confusion about clinical trials.  This page provides resources to help you learn more about clinical trials, to dispel myths about clinical trials, and to help you find clinical trials that might be available to you.

Quick Guide to Clinical Trials


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ACT: About Clinical Trials

The American Cancer Society and Genentech partnered together to provide information about participating in clinical trials. Triage Cancer participated in this series of videos providing valuable information to help you understand clinical trials and make choices about what is best for you.

Why Should I Consider a Cancer Clinical Trial?

How Will I Know if a Trial Is Right for Me?

How Should I Prepare for Discussions With My Doctor?

What Standards Are in Place to Safeguard Trial Participants?

What Is Informed Consent?

Where Can I Turn for Information and Support?

Learn more about ACT at LearnAboutClinicalTrials.org.

Deciding if a Clinical Trial is Appropriate

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Finding a Clinical Trial

These resources can provide assistance with finding a clinical trial:
ACS Clinical Trials Matching Service: This free, confidential program helps patients, their families, and healthcare providers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to a patient’s medical and personal situation. They can help you find research studies that are testing new drugs or methods to prevent, detect, or treat cancer. 877-970-7848

 


Insurance Coverage for Clinical Trials

Information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology