• Clinical trials

    Asked by BoiseB on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Clinical trials

    How does one go about finding clinical trials? My Dr. is very reluctant to look into any new treatments. I had to go over his head to get some of the treatment that I have had. I am looking for a new Dr. but in the meantime I don't want to miss out. I want to participate in any research not just for myself but also for others

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      I think thats very smart. You can google "Clinical trials for your cancer type" and it should bring you to the national data base for clinical trials. Either the NCI or the NIH..And you can always call either agency for help as well and they have Dr's on staff who are also experts and can see people as well. Just another avenue to find the best possible treatment plans for you.

      If you know of a specific drug in clinical trials you can also go to the drug companies site and they usually have a listing and information for contact.

      When you find clinical trial information that can apply to you why not send that to your Dr. and ask him/her to look into it for you. Clinical trials have never been safer than they are right now.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1 (Best Answer!)

      try this web site http://clinicaltrials.gov/

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      BoisieB, getting information on clinical trials can be done over the internet with the resourses that CAS1 and SueRae1 have provided. The problem is getting access to the trials. To do that you will need to get in touch with Doctors that are participating in the trials and get an appointment for evaluation with them. The problem you may have is that there may be no participating Drs in your area. The good news is that some Drs, clinics and hospitals are now offering vitual consulatations that allow you to be "seen" over the internet withpout the need for travel, at least until you know that you are a good vandidate for the treatment. When you research the trials, also research non trial treatments since you note that your current Dr has been reluctant to try new things. Once you have found what you are interested in look up the participating Drs and see if they offer virtual consultations. You may have to E-mail or call them about this and being persistant can pay off. This is a good way to get a 2nd opinion from a Dr tghat sapecalizes in your kine of cancer too. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      One of the best sites to find a clinical trial in your are for you specific cancer is a site called center watch. it is www.centerwatch.com. I am sure you will find what you need. Good luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Set up an automatic google serch for your cancer. In this way you will get news articles on anything published concerning your cancer. I get immediate news on LC clinical trials just getting started and those that are progressing to larger trials. These articles have also taught me who the big wig experts are in LC at most of the big gun facilites like MD Anderson and MSK etc.
      Look when you have a good Oncologist they can and do "GET YOU INTO" clinical trials if they can because they all know each other and they do favors if they can. I say if they can becuase everyone is different and there are certain things you must have in order to qualify. But this said its another reason why going to the best oncologist you can find who is really working for you is so important.
      Peroll brought up an excellant point about off site considerations.

      over 4 years ago
    • Thanks4Mayo's Avatar

      My wife was involved with an extensive clinical trial for breast cancer, and did it though the NCI at NIH in Bethesda. NIH covered expenses for the trial, airfare, hotel and meals.

      over 4 years ago

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