Ask Your Doctor About Cancer Clinical Trials
Asking about Cancer Clinical Trials when you face a cancer diagnosis or recurrence
Advocate for yourself or someone you love.
One way to advocate for yourself or a loved one as soon as a cancer diagnosis is made is to:
- Ask all your cancer providers (surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and others – IS THERE A CLINICAL TRIAL FOR ME?
Although being diagnosed with cancer is very stressful and frightening– finding options can give you a sense of control over this difficult situation.
- Ask for your case to be reviewed at tumor board and for the doctors to discuss your eligibility for a cancer study.
- Go on-line and determine if there is a clinical trial for your cancer. One of the best resources is: clinicaltrials.gov
- Ask an RN navigator to work with your doctors and see 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).