There are several other ways that patients can find out about participating in clinical trials. Most individuals who enter clinical trials are referred by their doctors. Listed below are organizations that post information about clinical trials.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
The NCI sponsors most government-funded cancer clinical trials. The NCI maintains a list of active studies (those currently enrolling patients), as well as some privately funded studies, in the Physician Data Query (PDQ) database. You can access the list via their website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials or by calling 1-800-4-CANCER.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
The NIH maintains an even larger database of clinical trials at www.clinicaltrials.gov/, but not all of these are cancer specific.
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups (CCCG)http://www.cancertrialshelp.org/
The CCCG provides a system for matching patients with cancer studies being conducted at member institutions on their website, www.cancertrialshelp.org. Their database includes most of the government-funded cancer clinical trials in the NCI and NIH lists, and some privately-funded studies as well.
CenterWatch is a publishing and information services company that maintains a list of both industry-sponsored and government-funded clinical trials for cancer and other diseases. You can access their website at www.centerwatch.com.
Educational Videos (PRE-ACT)http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/clinical-trials/pre-act
PRE-ACT (Preparatory Education About Clinical Trials) is an educational program designed to provide general information about clinical trials. PRE-ACT was developed with support from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help patients better understand what clinical trials are and how they work. PRE-ACT delivers clinical trial information through a series of short videos. You may view the entire library of these videos, or choose to have PRE-ACT personalize your videos based on your feedback.. You can access their website at http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/clinical-trials/pre-act.