How to Find the Right Clinical Trial

Have you heard about clinical trials? Are you wondering if that is an option for you?

We want to help you utilize all the resources and tools available to you throughout your treatment.

What is a Clinical Trial?

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.

Talk to your health care team about clinical trials

A common misconception about clinical trials is that they are only the last option you have, once you have tried all other treatment options. However, clinical trials might actually be the best choice for your treatment, depending on what your health care team advises. If you want more information to help you figure out if a clinical trial is a good option for you, watch the ACT: About Clinical Trials video series here.

While you can find lists of clinical trials online using search tools, we recommend speaking with your care team to make sure that treatment is the best path for you.

Useful Tools for Finding a Clinical Trial

When you’ve received the green light from your health care team, or simply want to research clinical trial options on your own, our website has a number of search tools for finding the right clinical trial for you, which are efficient and easy to use!

Clinical Trials Matching Services: Also on our website, you’ll find a list of clinical trials matching services. Some of these services are specific to a type of cancer. Here are a few examples. Be sure to check out the rest here!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Clinical Trial Support Center (CTSC)

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Clinical Trial Finder

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) Clinical Trial Navigation Service

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial Finder

Clinical Trials Search Engines

Here are a few clinical trials search engines to get you started. Check out our resources page for the complete list!

Colorectal Cancer Alliance Clinical Trial Finder (powered by SmartPatients)

FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)

Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial Search

Want more information on Clinical Trials?

Check out our new animated video that dives into how to find and pay for Clinical Trials.

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