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    New medications and treatments for ovarian cancer are constantly being developed. These must be shown to be safe and effective before doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new drugs on a group of volunteers with ovarian 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 ovarian cancer, its safety, and any possible side effects.

    Some patients with ovarian cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all. Patients who participate in clinical trials may receive the most effective therapy available for their condition -- or they may receive treatments that are being evaluated for future use. The drugs being tested may be even more effective than the current ovarian cancer treatment. The specifics about a particular clinical trial should be discussed with your doctor.

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    The following web sites offer information and services to help you find an ovarian cancer clinical trial that is right for you.

    TrialCheck

    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.

    ClinicalTrials.gov

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

    CenterWatch

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

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 19, 2013
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