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Patient Education Resource Guide

Guiding patients, family members, caregivers, and the larger MSK community to cancer information

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The text "Finding Clinical Trials" in white on a purple flower background.

This page is for those who want to learn about clinical trials or find specific cancer clinical trials to participate in.

Clinical Trials and You

Cancer clinical trials are research studies that test new cancer treatments to see how well they work, and for some patients with a cancer diagnosis they can be treatment options.

As trials are only one part of the cancer care experience, it is something to ask your doctor about, a conversation to have with your health care team.

Patient & Community Education has a resource which explores this: Clinical Trials at MSK: What You Need to Know.

Clinical Trial Registries

If you are interested in searching for clinical trials, here are two registries to start with, one specific to cancer and one in general:

Clinical Trials and Cancer

If you are interested in more information about clinical trials for cancer:

Clinical Trials and Cancer Disparities

As described in the box Cancer Disparities and Health Equity on the Patient Advocacy page of this guide, there are sometimes disparities, known as differences or inequalities, between population groups who have cancer.

One way researchers are addressing this is through improved representation in cancer clinical trials, meaning having more people be a part of these trials who might not have joined in the past.

Learn more about this in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Disparities Progress Report, specifically the section Disparities in Clinical Research and Cancer Treatment.