Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Searching for a Clinical Trial

As you and your doctor work together on your treatment plan, it’s important to talk about all the available options. Your doctor may discuss clinical trials as a potential option, so it’s important for you to understand what that may mean.

Clinical trials investigate whether a new type of treatment, such as a drug, surgery or radiation therapy or a combination of them, is better than the current standard of care. You may not be aware that all of the cancer treatments approved today are the result of these research studies. Clinical trials offer several possible benefits:

  • Access to leading-edge therapies that aren’t yet widely available.
  • An alternative strategy if your cancer becomes resistant to your current treatment.
  • A higher level of care because you will be closely monitored by your regular oncologist and the clinical trial medical team. This extra attention may help identify and then treat side effects or other problems early.
  • The role of being an active partner in your care.

As your own best advocate, it’s important to know that it is always your decision to participate in a clinical trial, even if you’ve already started it.

If the trial doesn’t meet your expectations at any time or for any reason, you may leave it and return to standard-of-care treatment.

Now that you have the basic information, where do you go from here? Asking your doctor if you should consider a clinical trial is a great start. You can also search for a trial online. Enlist the help of family members and friends to help you search, and go to your doctor with suggestions.

Because finding trials that may work for you can be complicated, below is a mock search site to help you navigate the process. Before you begin, have your exact diagnosis, pathology report and details of previous treatments handy because eligibility requirements will differ for each trial.

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