If you are undergoing
cancer care, clinical trials may play a role in your treatment. Clinical trials give
you access to treatments that are not yet widely available and allow you
to play a role in the development of treatments for future cancer patients.
Although clinical trials are not right for everyone, they can be extremely
beneficial for some patients. To discover if clinical trials should be
part of your cancer care plan and to find appropriate trials for you,
follow these steps.
Talk to Your Oncology Team
The first step in finding clinical trials for cancer care is to let your
oncology team know that you are interested. Your doctor may be aware of
ongoing trials and also help you understand if you are likely to benefit
from taking part. Although your doctor does not have the final say on
whether or not you can take part in a trial if the research team accepts
you, his or her input can be invaluable in incorporating a clinical trial
into your broader care plan.
Use the Cancer Details Checklist
Cancer Details Checklist was created by the National Cancer Institute and is available on their
website. It asks questions about your cancer, including the full medical
name of your disease and your current lab results, which are used to determine
your eligibility for clinical trials. Your oncologist can help you complete
the form, if necessary.
Do Your Research
You can find information about ongoing clinical trials from the National
Cancer Institute, cancer advocacy groups, online clearinghouse lists of
clinical trials, drug company websites, and the National Library of Medicine
website. For each relevant trial, review the eligibility criteria and
contact the research team for any trial you are interested in for which
you may be a good candidate. The final step is an appointment with the
research team, who will determine how to proceed.
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