How Can I Find Out About Clinical Trials?
If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial, there are a number of ways to learn more. We recommend:
- Talking with your care team (e.g. oncologist, surgeon or radiation oncologist, etc.) about whether a clinical trial is right for you and what clinical trials are available. If no trials are available near you, ask your oncologist about what other experimental treatments might be a good fit. With this information, you can search the government database for clinical trials in your area.
- Browsing the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) website of clinical trials. While there are many other sites with information on clinical trials, these sites are often fed with information from the NIH. This website lists both federally funded and privately supported clinical trials.
- Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan also offers trials.
Questions to ask your oncologist and care team about clinical trials you’re considering:
- Has the experiment or procedure been studied before?
- In which phase is this clinical trial?
- Who will be in charge of my care during the trial?
- Will my care change based on my response to the treatment during the trial?
- What are this trial’s risks and benefits?
- How long will the trial last?
- Who will pay for my trial?
- Will my insurance cover the treatment?
- Might I be asked to leave the trial?
- Can I learn the results of the trial?