Patients are often interested in learning more about clinical trials for brain tumors. It can be confusing and overwhelming to understand what clinical trial may be best for you or your loved one. We understand how difficult this process can be and have created this section of our website to better assist you.
Clinical trials are studies designed to test the most promising new treatments. People participate in a clinical trial for a variety of reasons: to try a new and promising treatment method, to contribute to the development of future treatments, or to help find a cure. Most clinical trials require a patient to qualify with certain medical criteria. Some trials can be joined before your first surgery, others during radiation, others at the point of recurrence. Ask your doctor if you are eligible for a trial, or get a second opinion at any time.
Clinical Trial Phases:
Phase I: Determine maximum tolerated dose…how much, how safe, how often?
Phase II: Evaluate effectiveness…does it do any good?
Phase III: Compares a new treatment to the standard treatment to determine which is more effective…is the new treatment better?
Accessing Clinical Trials
The following resources offer clinical trial databases to search for trials. Follow the directions below to find a clinical trial.
NBTS Clinical Trial Finder
The NBTS Clinical Trial Finder is intended to help raise awareness and increase participation in clinical trials to facilitate brain tumor research and accelerate the development of new drugs and treatments for patients.
Finding a Trial
To help you find clinical trials that may best suit your particular needs, fill out the filter questions on the NBTS Clinical Trial Finder page (trials.braintumor.org). As a result of your search and after reviewing the details, if you are interested in learning more about a trial, identify the trial site nearest to your location and contact the site coordinator via email or phone. We also strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider about the trials that may interest you and refer to our terms of service at the bottom of the page.
The information returned from your search has been obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, providing information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants with locations in all 50 States and in 196 countries.
Click here to visit trials.braintumor.org.
National Brain Tumor Society Clinical Trial Matching Service
- Click here to visit the National Brain Tumor Society Clinical Trial Matching Service website.
- Call 877.769.4812 to speak with a clinical trial navigator specially trained to help you find clinical trials that match your needs. Navigators are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm ET.
- Or, start your online profile with Step 1 listed near the bottom of the page.
- Click here to visit www.ClinicalTrials.gov.
- Click on the “Search for Clinical Trials” link.
- Type in your tumor type and location or treatment name/type in the field provided and click on the “Search” button.
- A list of clinical trials will appear if your search criteria has found a match (or multiple matches). To condense the text click on “Hide studies that are not seeking volunteers” at the top of the page. This will help to eliminate the trials that are not currently recruiting.
- Scroll through and click on the trials listed. Each trial will have a name, clinical trial ID number, purpose statement, eligibility criteria, contact information, and locations.
- Click here to visit www.cancer.gov/ClinicalTrials
- Click on the “Find a Clinical Trial” link.
- Under “Type of Cancer” find your tumor type and specify if you are looking for adult or pediatric brain tumor clinical trials. For more selective search options, you can include what type of trial you are looking for (i.e., treatment).
- Enter your zip code and click on the “Search” button.
- A list of clinical trials will appear if your search criteria has found a match (or multiple matches). Scroll through and click on the trials listed. Each trial wi
ll have a name, current phase (i.e., I, II, III), trial summary, eligibility information, contact information, and locations.
- Click here to visit www.VirtualTrials.com
- Click on “Find a Clinical Trial” from the list of links on the home page.
- Enter your search criteria, such as tumor type, treatment type, trial phase, age group, country, etc. Once you have entered this information click on the “Find Matching Clinical Trials” button.
- A list of clinical trials will appear with the treatment or trial name, location, and the date it was last updated on the website.
- To find out more about a particular clinical trial, click on the “Details” link on the left hand side of the listing. The treatment name, phase, age group, tumor type, trial information, contact information, and locations will appear.
You can also find the most complete list of the major international and national clinical trial registries available by visiting the Clinical Trial Portal hosted by The International Brain Tumor Alliance (IBTA).