Step 1: Create a profile online or by phone to find clinical trials that match your specific cancer diagnosis, stage and treatment history.
Step 2: Review your study matches and bookmark any studies that interest you from the national database.
Step 3: Connect with a Clinical Trial Navigator to obtain referral details for matched trial sites, to discuss your results and stay informed when new matches arise, and to make sure you know when your next opportunity to enroll will arise.
Since December 2000, EmergingMed’s Clinical Trial Navigation Service has facilitated clinical trial searches for nearly 200,000 cancer patients and 100,000 patients with other serious and life threatening conditions.
EmergingMed’s Clinical Trial Navigators provide concierge support to patients and physicians searching for clinical trial opportunities that match a patient’s specific diagnosis, symptoms or stage, and treatment history. With permission, Navigators will also provide updates when new clinical trials or new therapies in development emerge that match the patient’s clinical or genomic profile (see WSJ coverage)
EmergingMed partners with patient advocacy groups, trial sponsors, research sites and provider networks to manage the complexities of patient identification, recruitment and retention. EmergingMed’s genomic solutions, for example, provide customized clinical trial match results based on the specific biomarkers and genomic alterations identified by molecular profiling.
We recommend that patients and physicians search for cancer clinical trials every time a treatment decision needs to be made.
Why? Two reasons. First, because studies only enroll patients at very specific times. Second, each treatment decision affects a patient’s eligibility for the next group of studies.
So when should you explore clinical trial options?
When you are first diagnosed
Just before the first surgery or radiation treatment (neo-adjuvant studies)
Just after surgery or radiation treatment (adjuvant studies)
When you learn that your cancer has recurred or spread
Each time you receive results of a regularly scheduled scan or test (studies intended to prolong remission or stable disease)
There are more than 250 types of cancer. Every cancer treatment has been vetted through clinical trials. Cancer clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people with newly diagnosed cancer, recurrences, and advanced cancers. Each study is designed to answer a specific scientific or clinical question in a group of patients with the same cancer type, stage and treatment history. Each study tries to find a better way to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat a disease.