Clinical Trials - Patient Resources

Cancer research leads to improvement in cancer prevention and care.  For provider and patient information about CLINICAL TRIALS go to: National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) - 240-276-7050 or National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials - 800-4-CANCER
Clinical Trials
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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Clinical Trials

Additional Resources for Clinical Trials

Clinical Trial Publications and Materials

  • About Clinical Trials:  ACT - Clinical Trials Matching Service: (877) 970-7848
    This is a unique, on-line resource that features unscripted interviews with clinical trial participants, physicians, patient rights advocates, and others. The videos include: Why Should I Consider a Cancer Clinical Trial?, How Will I Know if a Clinical Trial is Right for Me?, How Should I Prepare for Discussions with My Doctor?, What Standards are in Place to Safeguard Trial Participants?, What is Informed Consent?, and Where Can I Turn for Information and Support? Also included is a helpful Clinical Trial Discussion Guide to assist providers and patients when having a conversation about clinical trials.  
  • American Cancer Society (ACS) - Clinical Trials Matching Service: (800) 227-2345 (select #1 for cancer information)
    This is a free, confidential Clinical Trial Matching and Referral Service. It helps patients, their families and health care workers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to the medical and personal situations of patients. 
  • EmergingMed - Clinical Trials Matching Service:  (877) 601-8601
    Clinical Trial Specialists will help you quickly identify cancer clinical trials that match your specific diagnosis, stage and treatment history.
  • CureLauncher - Clinical Trials Matching Service:  (800) 488-6632
    Finding the right clinical trial can be overwhelming. CureLauncher matches you to new treatments based on your unique goals and conditions.
  • Research Match - Clinical Trials Matching Service
  • Quick and simplified way to search research studies available to you on the site

  • Frankly Speaking About Cancer Clinical Trials - Cancer Support Community: This booklet shares the stories of people and their families discussing participation in clinical trials.

  • "Clinical Trials Help and Resources" A video overview of how to search for a clinical trial supported by the National Cancer Institute.
  • "Deciding to Participate in a Clinical Trial" Deciding to particiapte in a clinical trial is a complex decision. This video provides information for cancer clinical trials as a treatment option. This video is provided as Doctor-Approved Patient Information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. (Updated April 25, 2017)
  •  "What are Clinical Trial Phases" This short video describes the different phases of clinical trials. Developed by the National Cancer Insittute.
  •   "PRE-ACT (Preparatory Education About Clinical Trials)" This series of short videos provides answers to common questions about clinical trials.  Developed with support from the National Cancer Institute.
  •   "Real Answers, Real Options, Real Miracles...Right Here in West MichiganThis video provides helpful and inspiring information for people who have been diagnosed (or know someone who has been diagnosed) with cancer. Personal stories of cancer survivors - Why cancer clinical trials are an important treatment option for patients to consider.
    Developed by Grand Rapids Oncology Program (15 minutes and 51 seconds)
  • Video  "An Overview of Clinical Trials"  This new educational video provides patient-friendly information about clinical trials. 
    Developed through the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).

  • Center Watch Patient Resources for Clinical Trials

  • Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies – National Cancer Institute: This 12 page booklet describes the clinical trial process for patients and their families. 
  • How to Find a Cancer Treatment Trial – National Cancer Institute: This guide will help you look for a cancer treatment clinical trial. You can use it to gather the information you need to: begin your search for a clinical trial; identify Web sites that have lists of open clinical trials (meaning they are accepting eligible people who wish to participate); learn about clinical trials for your type and stage of cancer; and ask questions that will help you decide whether or not to take part in a trial.
  • provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided on should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
  • (BCT) is a non-profit service that encourages individuals affected by breast cancer to consider clinical trials as a routine option for care.  Have fears about clinical trials?  Take a look at Clinical Trials: Myths and Facts and use the matching tool to help you to find the breast cancer trials that are right for you. 

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