The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, Inc. — a network of cancer clinical trials specialists — includes cooperative clinical trials groups, cancer centers, academic medical centers, community hospitals, physician practices, and patient advocate groups. The Coalition offers a variety of programs and information for patients and physicians, which are designed to increase awareness of, and participation in, cancer clinical trials.
For some cancer patients, clinical trials may offer the best available treatment and the opportunity to receive new, potentially more effective therapy. Here you will find important information to help you decide whether a clinical trial is right for you, including questions to ask your doctor, guidelines on the informed consent process (a part of the decision that outlines potential risks and benefits of participation in a clinical trial), transcripts from discussions with leading cancer researchers, a glossary, and insurance information. You can also search the Coalition’s database of cancer clinical trials, called TrialCheck.
TrialCheck is a searchable database of more than 4000 clinical trials. You do not have to register to use this search tool. The results of TrialCheck are based on your answers to eleven simple questions and indicate which trials you may be eligible for. You can then click on the corresponding link for each clinical trial to get more information; in most cases this includes the protocol abstract, eligibility requirements, and patient-friendly summaries. These are pdf files, which you can download if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have this program, you can download it for free from the Internet.
The TrialCheck database contains the active clinical trials of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), Gynecologic Oncology Group, North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). Trials from the NCI physician data query (PDQ), and selected pharmaceutical companies are also featured in TrialCheck. Clinical trials results are grouped into four categories: treatment, supportive care, prevention, and all other trials.
TrialCheck allows you to save your search results, if you like, and return to them whenever you choose. You also can receive e-mail updates whenever a new cancer clinical trial has been added to your search results.