Tests for toxicity & uses increasing doses to find the best
Has passed the toxicity and is being tested for effectiveness
Compares the new agent against standard treatment
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Here are some valuable questions to ask before enrolling in a trial:
2. What kinds of tests and treatments must I go through?
3. What are the potential side-effects? Get specific details about how the drug is administered and what any relevant studies to date have shown about side-effects.
4. Will some participants receive a placebo and others get the real thing? Many studies are set up to determine how patients who receive the treatment do by comparison with those who receive nothing. Also, many trials are "double-blind": neither the doctor nor the patient knows what the patient is getting.
5. Will my insurance pay for this, or the pharmaceutical company? How about housing or travel costs are they reimbursed?
6. What happens once the trial is over? Will there be follow up? Will I be told the results of the study?
Here are some links to search for trials.
The Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) is an NCI funded program to facilitate participation (by both patients and physicians) in phase III NCI sponsored Cancer treatment trials.
Eastern Oncology Cooperative Group
A source of current oncology research trials.
This site contains information from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. It has a melanoma page and lists current medical trials.
National Institutes of Health search site for clinical trials, and one of the best search engines for finding a clinical trial nationally or internationally
https://www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu/ European source for clinical trials
Source: National Cancer Institute
Modified November 24, 2012