Immunotherapy clinical trials are a vital part of the drug development and approval phase for future cancer treatments. They are also critically important for cancer patients seeking out promising new - and potentially lifesaving - treatments. With immunotherapy clinical trials being such a new process, though, many patients aren’t aware that this option even exists and aren’t sure how to find the right trial for their needs.
Steps to finding the right immunotherapy clinical trial
First, patients should discuss this treatment option with their oncologist because it’s likely that their medical provider can provide helpful information about immunotherapy clinical trials. They may also have the resources to search for and find the right trial for the patient.
If a patient decides to search for immunotherapy clinical trials on his or her own, it will be important to take the following steps:
- Gather information. Patients will need to know all of the details about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. These details include the type and stage of cancer, where the cancer originated, the size of the tumor, the treatments the patient has undergone and more.
- Search a clinical trial database. There are dozens of databases that discuss all of the different clinical trials taking place, such as National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials.
- Review the details. Patients should look over the details of the clinical trial, such as the eligibility criteria, location and length.
- Contact the team running the trial. Patients who feel that the clinical trial is right for them should then contact the team running the trial (the summary will list out who to contact) to schedule an appointment.
Immunotherapy clinical trials at Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Care Center - the only one with this distinction in Florida - and our dedicated research staff has helped develop many promising immunotherapy clinical trials for our patients. To request an appointment and learn more about our trials, contact us today at 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.