Disclaimer: The list of Clinical Trials is for information purposes only. The list is not intended to be exhaustive; there may be other ongoing Clinical Trials. In all instances, please discuss with your Physician and Health Care Provider, as they are best to advise a patient on the treatment plan.
Why participate in a Clinical Trial?
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
Who can participate in a Clinical trial?
All clinical trials have guidelines and criteria about who can participate. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. It is important to note that these criteria are not used to reject people personally. Instead, the criteria are used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe. The criteria help ensure that researchers will be able to answer the questions they plan to study.
What should people consider before participating in a trial?
People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in a trial, and the cost of the trial. The following questions might be helpful for the participant to discuss with the health care team. Some of the answers to these questions are found in the informed consent document.
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Who is going to be in the study?
- Why do researchers believe the experimental treatment being tested may be effective? Has it been tested before?
- What kinds of tests and experimental treatments are involved?
- How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits in the study compare with my current treatment?
- How might this trial affect my daily life?
- How long will the trial last?
- Will hospitalization be required?
- Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
- What type of long-term follow up care is part of this study?
- How will I know that the experimental treatment is working? Will results of the trials be provided to me?
- Who will be in charge of my care?
What should I do after I find a Clinical Trial?
Please discuss with your Physician and Health Care Provider, as they are best to advise you on your treatment plan.
Understanding Types of Clinical Trials:
Neo-Adjuvant Trials: these are trials for a therapy, prior to definitive surgery
Adjuvant Trials: These are trials for a therapy, after surgical treatment, when the cancer has been removed, and there is no evidence of metastatic disease.
First-Line trials: These are trials for the initial therapy used to reduce the cancer
Second Line trials: Trials for a therapy given when initial treatment (first-line therapy) doesn’t work, or stops working
Third Line trials: Trials for a therapy when both initial treatment (first-line therapy) and subsequent treatment (second-line therapy) don’t work, or stop working
Maintenance Trials: these trials test a therapy, after completion of a line of therapy, usually first-line, to see if it prevents relapse (or recurrence)
Surgery Trials: These trials test a new surgical procedure
Diagnostic Trials: These are trials to test a new diagnostic methodology
Symptomatic Therapy Trials: These trials test a therapy for the control of disease symptoms or symptoms associated with a therapy
Radiotherapy Trials: These trials test out a new methodology in delivering radiation treatment
Clinical Trials .Gov: www.clinicaltrials.gov
Canadian Cancer Trials: www.canadiancancertrials.ca