Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer
Should you or shouldn't you? Weighing the pros and cons of joining a breast cancer clinical trial.
Some of your best sources for finding clinical trials:
- The National Institutes of Health. www.clinicaltrials.gov
This NIH-sponsored web site provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research with human volunteers.
- The National Cancer Institute. www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
Call 800-4-CANCER, or visit the NCI's own web-based gateway to cancer-related clinical trials. This site also offers a step-by-step guide on choosing a cancer clinical trial.
- The Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups. www.cancertrialshelp.org
Run by a network of cancer clinical trials specialists, this site's Trialcheck search tool finds the trials best suited to you based on a series of questions.
Remember, the current "gold standard" treatments that you're benefiting from now wouldn't be available if other women hadn't joined clinical trials.
"I don't think we can say this enough. By participating in a trial, women with breast cancer are adding to knowledge that will help countless other women in the future," says Winer.