Not all clinical trials study cancer treatments. Clinical trials also study ways to improve quality of life and reduce side effects, as well as collect information to advance cancer research. These types of trials are called non-treatment, non-therapeutic, non-interventional, or observational studies. We recently introduced the importance of non-treatment clinical trials. Here we continue our series on different types of non-treatment trials.
Some trials allow you to participate in research by providing information about your personal medical history, providing biopsy or other biological samples, or providing your opinions about a treatment you have received. You provide information in surveys, interviews, and registries, many of which can be done from home. Travel and study visits are often not needed to participate in this type of research.
Read below to learn more about breast cancer surveys, interviews, and registries, as well as to find these types of trials on Metastatic Trial Search.
About Cancer Registries and Surveys
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (article and video): How the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries works to gather data about cancer (scroll to “Jennifer’s Story” for a personal example)
- Clinical Pursuit: How registries differ from clinical trials, including the fact that registries are observational
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: About clinical trial registries and surveys
MBC Clinical Trials
- Metastatic Trial Search: Trials Including Surveys, Interviews, and Registries