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    Major pharmaceutical companies continually research and develop new medications and treatments, which must be shown to be safe and effective before the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) approves them and doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through prostate cancerclinical trials, researchers test the effects of new medications on a group of volunteers with prostate 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 prostate cancer, its safety, and any possible side effects.

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

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    The following web sites offer information and services to help you find a prostate 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 that enables 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 July 26, 2015
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