You’ve decided to look into clinical trials as part of your treatment plan – but how do you find one, and how do you know if it’s right for you?
Searching for clinical trials can be daunting, but there are resources available to help you. One way to find a trial is to talk to your healthcare team. You can also search for trials online using a clinical trial matching service, which uses information about your diagnosis entered into an online form, to find trials that fit your profile. Metastatic Trial Search (MTS), a companion to Metastatic Trial Talk, is a matching service designed specifically for people with metastatic breast cancer. MTS was developed by BreastCancerTrials.org, in collaboration with five breast cancer advocacy groups. It is available on the websites of over 20 breast cancer organizations.
To learn more about BreastCancerTrials.org, Metastatic Trial Search (MTS), and how to use a clinical trial matching service, see below.
Talking to Your Doctor
- How to Ask Your Doctor About Clinical Trials This list of resources from our October 2019 issue of Metastatic Trial Talk has tips on what to ask your doctor about clinical trials.
- Metastatic Trial Search Provides personalized clinical trial matching based on your specific MBC diagnosis. Ability to filter on location, clinical trial phases, types (e.g. targeted therapy, immunotherapy), genomic mutations, and more.
- BreastCancerTrials.org Enables you to browse all breast cancer clinical trials, as well as match to trials using diagnosis and treatment history information. BCT is for all stages of breast cancer, including MBC.
- The Storm Riders Developed by patient advocate Christine Hodgdon for finding MBC trials, this list includes all trials that are enrolling patients with any type of solid tumor.
- How Do I Find a Clinical Trial That’s Right for Me? The American Cancer Society explains how to search for trials, what clinical trial matching services are, how they work, and things to consider when choosing which service to use.
- Steps to Find a Clinical Trial The National Cancer Institute put together this step-by-step guide to help you find clinical trials on your own. It has useful information on what you’ll need, details to look for, and questions to ask along the way.