If you are considering a clinical trial as part of your cancer treatment, have a discussion with your healthcare professional, oncologist or care team about your options, whether or not the trial is right for you, and to request a referral.
Patients enrolled in clinical trials are typically young, though the elderly represent a much larger portion of the disease burden. For information on a clinical trials for seniors and the elderly, and to find a suitable clinical trial, refer to PolicyLab’s guide on clinical trials for the elderly.
Canadian Cancer Trials is a national, bilingual resource for cancer patients. This site provides links for trials by province, by cancer, by cancer/trial centres, by city, by drug or by a personalized search. The links they provide will guide patients to third party web pages with specific trial information.
You can also check out each provincial cancer trials website:
Clinical Trials Internationally:
Clinicaltrials.gov is a US-based registry that provides user with federally and privately supported clinical trials that are conducted in the United States and around the world. The web page has almost 128,000 trials listed in 179 countries. It is important to note that searches will return trials that are accepting patients, trials that have been completed, and those which are no longer accepting patients.
The Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials is a division of the National Cancer Institute that not only provides information on new trials, but also acts as an information resource for patients who are thinking about clinical trials.
Cancer Research UK is an online database for cancer trials in the United Kingdom. This site provides patients and their families information about clinical trials, including how to plan for them, benefits and risks, what to ask, and more.
The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer web page facilitates the communication of clinical cancer research oncologists and health professionals. The site also offers a database of clinical trials.
The Australian Cancer Trials website displays the latest clinical trials in cancer care, including trials that are currently recruiting new participants.
To learn more about clinical trials, watch this CCSN webinar by Dawn Richards, Director of Patient and Public Engagement at Clinical Trials Ontario:
More information: What is a Clinical Trial?