Clinical Trials in Melanoma
Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people with early stage or advanced melanoma. They have a natural place in your care as doctors strive to improve current melanoma treatments and search for new and better ones. Clinical trials are essential to learning more about cancer and how to prevent or cure it.
Today’s most-effective cancer treatments would not be available without having gone through the clinical trial process. Unfortunately, most people with cancer are unaware or unsure that participation in a clinical trial is an option for their treatment. Most say they would be willing to enroll if they knew it was possible. Our service helps you stay informed about all your choices. We never want to hear you say, “I wish I had known about that option earlier.”
Your goal is to find the best treatment available whenever you make a treatment decision. There may be a good standard of care for you – care that experts believe is appropriate for your specific diagnosis and treatment history.
Sometimes, though, the current standard of care is not as effective as you and the doctor would like. Sometimes the standard of care works for awhile but then stops working. Sometimes there is no standard of care for your situation. At these times, participation in a clinical trial may be the best option for you.
The best time to search for clinical trials is each time you are faced with a treatment decision.
Register with our service so you know all your options and can make informed decisions about your care. Clinical Trials Navigators are available to speak with patients and caregivers Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 6:00pm Eastern Time at 866-603-4507 (toll free). All information is kept in the strictest confidentiality.
You can also create a profile online at EmergingMed Matching Service