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We realize an active ongoing discussion always surrounds Clinical Trials - What are they, who runs them, how do you become a part of one.
We are excited to share that we have partnered with EmergingMed.com to provide to you the EmergingMed Clinical Trial Navigation Service. EmergingMed.com's clinical trial database includes all treatment trials from clinicaltrials.gov along with updates reported to them directly by trial sponsors and sites. Clicking through our informational webpage to their search allows you to fill out a short questionnaire to identify clinical trials looking for your specific diagnosis, stage and treatment history. Their database includes the full national database of cancer treatment trials from all sponsors. You can also access our Clinical Trial page by the dropdown in our navigation bar, above, under FIGHT.
What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial or study (sometimes called interventional studies) involves research using people who volunteer to participate that adds to the medical knowledge about that study. In a clinical trial, volunteers receive specific interventions according to a protocol created by the investigators for that trial. Interventions can be medical products (drugs or devices), procedures, or changes to a participants behavior. Outcomes are measured to determine safety and effectiveness. Clinical trials have standards or eligibility criteria outlining who can participate, and all clinical studies are led by a principal investigator, most often a medical doctor.
It is important that the participant's usual health care provider work with the research team so participants can make sure that the study protocol will not conflict with other medications or treatments being received.
We would love to hear your feedback and discussions on clinical trials -- your frustrations and triumphs. Join us in our patient forums to discuss! Click 'Ask a Question' or go to the Forums Page to read what our community has to say!