What are some ways that cancer patients can access clinical trials? In the “How Can Clinical Trials Be Accessed?” program, expert Dr. Seth Pollack from Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and cancer survivor and patient advocate Sujata Dutta share three ways cancer patients can access clinical trials and advice to patients about clinical trials.
1.Talk to Your Doctor or Healthcare Provider
If you or your loved one would like to learn about available clinical trials, ask your doctor or other healthcare provider. They can find clinical trial information for you, or they can check with a specialist who might have clinical trial information readily available about your specific type of cancer.
2. Get a Second Opinion
If you or your loved one’s doctor does not find any clinical trials or if you want to find some additional options, getting a second opinion could help with locating clinical trial options. If you can schedule a second opinion consult at an academic medical center, you are more likely to find some clinical trial options. Academic medical centers are often connected to research universities that carry out clinical trials and research studies.
3. Check Reliable Patient Advocacy Websites
Cancer patients and their loved ones can also reliable patient advocacy sites for information about clinical trials. In addition to the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) website, try resources like the American Cancer Society and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) websites. The National Institutes of Health also maintains a large database of clinical trial options on the ClinicalTrials.gov website.
By taking advantage of clinical trial opportunities, cancer patients can access tomorrow’s medicine today, receive closer monitoring of their cancer, and help improve and refine treatments for future treatments. If you’d like to learn more about clinical trials, check out our Are Clinical Trials Safe? program.