New medications and treatments for pancreatic cancer must be shown to be safe and effective before doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through pancreatic cancer clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new drugs on a group of volunteers with pancreatic 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 pancreatic cancer, its safety, and any possible side effects.
Some patients with pancreatic cancer are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for fear of getting no treatment at all. However, many trials offer patients the most effective therapy available for the condition or treatments that are being evaluated for future use. The drugs being tested may be more or less effective than the current pancreatic cancer treatment. The specifics of a particular clinical trial should be discussed with your doctor.
The following web sites offer information and services to help you find a pancreatic cancer clinical trial that is right for you.
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.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
This web site offers free, personalized, confidential clinical trial searches. Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program staff can speak with you by phone, at no charge, to help find trials that might be right for you.