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How To Find Clinical Trials Or Treatments In And Outside The U.S.

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Clinical Trials In The United States

  • When looking for a clinical trial, keep in mind that there is no one source which lists every clinical trial in the United States.
  • Before starting your search, pull together the information needed to determine eligibility. Survivorship A to Z provides a list in the document in "To Learn More." You do not need a doctor's referral to enter most trials.
  • To learn about all clinical trials that could work for you, search through the available databases. A good place to start on is through the Colon Cancer Alliance web site: offsite link. Go to “About Colorectal Cancer”, then “Resources”, then “Tools” to locate the Clinical Trials Matching Service. For additional information, see the document in “To Learn More.”
  • Before entering a clinical trial, be an informed consumer.
    • Learn the questions to ask. For instance, learn about your costs. The drugs in a clinical trial are free for participants but you may have to pay some costs, such as for check ups. Costs you have to pay may be covered by your health insurance.
    • Survivorship A to Z provides a list of questions to ask before joining a clinical trial. See “To Learn More.”
    • Ask your doctor for his or her opinion.

If no treatments or clinical trials are available for your situation in the U.S.

It is worthwhile to at least explore what may be available outside the United States.

Be sure to study any out-of-the mainstream treatment carefully before pursuing it - particularly if it means not taking a mainstream treatment that could be helpful.

Keep in mind the difference between drugs and treatments which have been scientifically studied or are being scientifically studied, and treatments which have not been subjected to scientific scrutiny.

Watch for phony treatments that have no scientific credibility. This is particularly true if you are asked to pay for experimental drugs or treatments.

Out of the mainstream treatments are generally not covered by health insurance.

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