Where can people find more information about clinical trials?
In addition to the resources described in question 3, people interested in taking part in a clinical trial should talk with their health care provider. Information about cancer clinical trials is also available from the NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS). The CIS is the National Cancer Institute’s link to the public, interpreting and explaining research findings in a clear and understandable manner, and providing personalized responses to specific questions about cancer. Access the CIS by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), or by using the LiveHelp instant-messaging service. Information specialists at the CIS use Physician Data Query (PDQ) to identify and provide detailed information about specific ongoing clinical trials. PDQ includes all NCI-funded clinical trials and some studies conducted by independent investigators at hospitals and medical centers in the United States and Europe.
People also have the option of searching for clinical trials on their own. Another resource is the NIH’s ClinicalTrials.gov Web site. ClinicalTrials.gov lists clinical trials sponsored by the NIH, other Federal agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry for a wide range of diseases, including cancer and other conditions. This site can be found at http://clinicaltrials.gov/ .