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Melanoma/Skin Cancer Health Center

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Melanoma/Skin Cancer Clinical Trials

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    Major pharmaceutical companies continually research and develop new melanoma/skin cancer drugs and treatments, which must be shown to be safe and effective before doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new medications on a group of volunteers with melanoma/skin cancer. Following a strict protocol and using carefully controlled conditions, researchers evaluate the investigational drugs under development and measure the ability of the new drug to treat the cancer, the safety of the new drug, and any possible side effects.

    Some patients with melanoma/skin cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all. This is simply not true. Patients with melanoma/skin cancer who participate in cancer clinical trials receive the most effective therapy available -- or they may receive treatments that are being evaluated for future use. These melanoma/skincancer drugs may be even more effective than the current treatment.

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    The following web sites offer information and services to help you find a melanoma/skin cancer clinical trial that is right for you.


    This web site, developed by the nonprofit Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, is an unbiased cancer clinical trial matching and navigation service enabling patients to search for cancer trials based on disease and location.

    National Cancer Institute

    This web site lists more than 6,000 cancer clinical trials, and explains what to do when you find one that you think is right for you.

    This web site offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for cancer.


    This web site lists industry-sponsored clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on July 17, 2013
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