It can be confusing and overwhelming to understand what clinical trial may be best for you or your loved one. Our Clinical Trial Finder helps ease this difficult process for patients and caregivers.
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.
Please visit the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes for Health for more in-depth information such as who pays for and conducts clinical trials.
Clinical Trial Phases
Clinical trials traditionally follow a Phase I to Phase III progression. More and more trials, especially in brain tumors, are now taking hybrid approaches to try and accelerate the timeline to a potential approval. While using the NBTS Clinical Trial Finder, you may encounter trials with labels other than Phase I, Phase II, or Phase III.
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?