In order for a new, innovative and effective medication to become available for the treatment of breast cancer, the treatment needs to undergo extensive testing in clinical trials, which examine how well the treatment works and what types of side effects it may cause. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are interested in learning more about the clinical trial process or finding a study to participate in, following are several places to go to learn more information:
A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) currently has a database of more than 8,000 clinical trials that are currently enrolling patients. Approximately 1,500 of these trials are focused on breast cancer in women.
This website provides information for both federally and privately-funded clinical trials for a wide range of conditions including breast cancer. Currently there are more than 108,000 clinical studies that are part of the ClinicalTrials.gov database, with approximately 4,200 dedicated to breast cancer research.
This company produced the first website ever to publish information about ongoing clinical trials that could be accessed by patients and their loved ones. Currently, there are more than 8,000 clinical trials specific to breast cancer listed on the site.
Founded by two women with breast cancer who felt that there needed to be an easier, more efficient way to identify clinical trials, BreastCancerTrials.org allows women to enter their breast cancer history, which then is used to conduct a search for potential, relevant clinical studies. Users then can contact the research sites by phone or by a special message service the website provides.