Help Advance The Next Generation Of Cancer Drugs

Help Advance The Next Generation Of Cancer Drugs

You can be a​ part of​ something important. Researchers are looking for​ ordinary Americans to​ be on the​ front lines of​ public health in​ the​ U.S.

Recently, a​ group of​ cancer experts in​ partnership with the​ Coalition of​ Cancer Cooperative Groups ( identified 10 high-priority colorectal clinical studies that address important research opportunities and​ merit support for​ rapid completion. Combined, these 10 large studies will need to​ enroll more than 17,500 people. Nine trials will explore new colorectal cancer treatments and​ one is​ a​ large colo-rectal prevention trial designed to​ enroll healthy individuals.

Patients and​ caregivers interested in​ participating in​ these important trials can find information through a​ convenient resource called QuickLink has been built on this Web site to​ help learn more about these major colorectal cancer clinical trials and​ to​ easily determine if​ you are eligible for​ enrollment.

"Clinical trials are not just a​ vital source of​ information, they can be of​ great value to​ the​ individuals who participate in​ them," said Robert L. Comis, M.D., president of​ the​ Coalition of​ Cancer Cooperative Groups. "A common misperception that some patients receive placebo has prevented some people from participating in​ clinical trials." Placebos (also called "sugar pills") are rarely used in​ cancer clinical trials and​ are never used in​ place of​ treatment.

There are nearly 270 colorectal cancer studies currently available for​ patients in​ the​ U.S., out of​ over 4,500 cancer trials of​ all types. Now, QuickLink provides information on 10 of​ the​ largest colorectal trials currently available, along with links to​ patient support services.

TrialCheck® offers a​ fast and​ easy way for​ people to​ find out if​ they may be eligible to​ participate in​ these and​ other trials. Search results are displayed by proximity to​ the​ user's zip code, making it​ easy to​ find clinical trials close to​ home. TrialCheck is​ the​ most frequently updated searchable database of​ cancer clinical trials in​ the​ U.S.

Clinical trial participants stand to​ personally benefit as​ well. Patients who join cancer clinical trials are given the​ best available treatment or​ a​ new treatment that, based on early clinical data, could be an​ improvement over the​ current standard therapy. in​ addition, there are many trials available for​ prevention, screening and​ early detection of​ colorectal cancer or​ precancerous polyps.

Participants in​ clinical trials are vital in​ the​ fight against cancer. the​ American Cancer Society estimates that there will be almost 150,000 new cases of​ colorectal cancer diagnosed in​ the​ U.S. in​ 2018. Many of​ these patients may be eligible to​ participate in​ these clinical trials as​ part of​ their treatment, and​ are encouraged to​ learn more and​ talk to​ their doctor.

Cancer clinical trials are designed to​ improve upon "best available therapies" while protecting the​ rights and​ welfare of​ participants.

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