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Ask Your Doctor

It’s important to remember you are your own best advocate. This is especially true when it comes to getting the cancer care you need and deserve. So if you’ve received a cancer diagnosis or have a recurrence, ask your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. And if you have a loved one facing cancer, don’t hesitate to ask on their behalf.

Being diagnosed with cancer is very stressful and frightening, but finding options can give you a sense of control over this difficult situation. The key is to ask early and often. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • ask all your cancer providers (surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and others – IS THERE A CLINICAL TRIAL FOR ME?
  • ask for your case to be reviewed at tumor board and for the doctors to discuss your eligibility for a cancer study.
  • go online and determine if there is a clinical trial for your cancer. One of the best resources is: If you find a clinical trial that could work, share the information with your care team.
  • ask a cancer navigator to work with your doctors to find out if you are eligible for a clinical trial.
  • keep asking about cancer studies throughout your treatment because there are treatments for newly diagnosed patients, recurrent patients, survivorship and every phase of life after the diagnosis.

For more education on participating in a cancer clinical trial, please view 10 Myths and Misconceptions about cancer Clinical Trials by ENACCT (Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials).