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    How do I locate clinical trials?

    Q. In an effort to make my cancer experience positive and useful, I would like to participate in any clinical trials that are being conducted near me. How do I locate and offer my services for such trials?

    A. Clinical trials are studies in which people volunteer to test new drugs or devices. Doctors use clinical trials to learn whether a new treatment works and is safe for people. These kinds of studies are needed to develop new treatments for serious diseases like cancer.

    You always have the right to choose whether you will take part in a clinical trial for which you meet the criteria. The level of care you get should not be affected by your decision. You also have the right to leave a clinical trial at any time, for any reason.

    The American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients find cancer clinical trials. In just a few minutes, you can learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you. There are 2 ways you use this service:

    1. We have clinical trial specialists who are trained to answer questions about clinical trial participation, and help you find treatment options available through research studies. Call 1-800-303-5691 to speak with one of our specialists.

    2. You can go to our website and complete an online screening questionnaire. The information you provide will be matched against the eligibility requirements for the studies in our database. You’ll then be able to look at the treatment summary and contact information for the clinical trials for which you might be eligible. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular study, you can then contact the treatment center directly to speak with a study coordinator. Your search will be saved, so you can come back at any time to review the studies or update your questionnaire.

    You can also ask your doctor if there’s a clinical trial that might be right for you.

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