By participating in clinical trials you can play a more active role in your own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. Often by reviewing the standard arm of protocols of randomized phase III trials, you will learn what the standard of care for your specific cancer, and specific stage is. Even though the new treatments may be experimental, their safety and efficacy has been previously studied in phase I and II trials. The following links provide the available ongoing clinical trials for your consideration:
National Cancer Institute – The clinical trials conducted by the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) on the NIH campus represent the core of the NCI’s intramural research program in Bethesda, Maryland. At the CCR, basic and clinical science are seamlessly integrated with a mission to reduce the burden of cancer through exploration, discovery, and the translation of novel approaches into compassionate and effective care for all cancer patients. Our clinical trials are aimed at answering critical questions about a particular disease or disease process and at identifying promising new therapeutic interventions that can then be confirmed in larger trials carried out across the country at cancer centers participating in NCI-supported research.
ClinicalTrials.gov – ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group – The RTOG provides links to several clinical trial groups.
Clinical Trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center – As part of our mission to eliminate cancer, MD Anderson researchers conduct hundreds of clinical trials to test new treatments for both common and rare cancers. Look through our clinical trials database to find studies for which you may be eligible.
Mayo Clinic Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials – Mayo’s clinical trials include experimental treatments, often unavailable elsewhere, which frequently lead to improved patient care for people worldwide. Patients should ask their doctor at Mayo about clinical trials appropriate for their situation.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Trials – Clinical trials for cancer, also called cancer treatment or cancer research studies, test new treatments in people with cancer. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Clinical trials test many types of treatment such as: new drugs; new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy; new combinations of treatments; or, new methods, such as gene therapy.
Georgetown Lombardi Clinical Trials – We are pleased to offer you access to our cutting-edge clinical trials at hospitals throughout the MedStar Health network: Lombardi/Georgetown University Hospital, Franklin Square Hospital Center (Baltimore, MD), Harbor Hospital (Baltimore MD), Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, MD), and Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC).