A clinical trial, commonly referred to as a clinical study or research study, is designed to determine if a new drug or treatment is effective and will benefit patients. We encourage you to ask your friend's or loved one's doctor or nurse any questions you may have about clinical trials.
ClinicalTrials.gov This site is a service of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) that contains over 27,000 clinical studies sponsored by the NIH, other federal agencies, and private industry. This easy-to-use site allows you to search by entering keywords or to search by disease, location, treatment, or sponsor. Click on Resources for explanations of the elements of clinical trials, as well as links to other government health sites.
ClinicalTrials.gov provides up-to-date information about federally and privately supported clinical research studies, including:
- The goals of a trial
- Who is eligible to participate
- Where the trial will take place
- Phone numbers or other contact information
The information you find on ClinicalTrials.gov should be used along with advice from your friend's or loved one's doctor. Before searching, you may want to learn more about Campath clinical trials:
Questions about clinical trials to ask your friend's or loved one's doctor
Here is a partial list of questions that should be asked before your friend or loved one considers entering a clinical trial for which he or she may be qualified. Be sure you and your friend or loved one understand and are comfortable with the answers to these questions before agreeing to participate in a study.
- What is the purpose of the study?
- What are the risks involved?
- Will there be any discomfort or pain?
- What kinds of tests, procedures, or treatments will be performed? How many and how often?
- Will my friend or loved one be able to see his or her own doctor during the trial?
- What costs will my friend or loved one be responsible for?
Other relevant clinical trial links
This is the official Web site of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, a national network of cancer clinical trial specialists. Click on About Clinical Trials for answers to many of your questions, or Trial Search for trials sponsored by members of the coalition. After you've entered basic information (ZIP code, gender, etc), choose Leukemia from the disease list to view all of the pertinent clinical trials currently being conducted.
This extensive trial listing site includes more than 41,000 industry- and government-sponsored clinical studies. With the Patient and General Resources section, you can search listings by medical areas, or enter CLL as the key word and select a state or region for the trial location.
This site is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that contains over 27,000 clinical studies sponsored by the NIH, other federal agencies, and private industry. This easy-to-use site allows you to search by entering keywords or to search by disease, location, treatment, or sponsor. Click on Resources for explanations of the elements of clinical trials, as well as links to other government health sites.
This is a comprehensive site with information about clinical trialswhat they are, how they work, where and how to find one by cancer type, how to get into oneplus summaries of newsworthy results of completed trials. Click on Recent Developments for timely information on topics such as new treatments and insurance.
Here you'll find a searchable online resource of ongoing clinical trials. You can register to be notified of new clinical trials that are open for enrollment and may be appropriate for your friend or loved one. You can also sign up to receive free e-mail newsletters and articles written by leading physicians.