How to Find Clinical Trials Using the Basic Search Form
Type of Cancer
Stage/Subtype of Cancer
Type of Trial
Location of Trial
The basic search form allows you to choose from the following four search
criteria to create your search.
Use this list to choose the type of cancer being studied in a clinical trial(s).
Brain tumor, adult
Leukemia, chronic lymphocytic (CLL)
After you select a type of cancer, this list will show you the stages/subtypes
for the selected cancer. The stage of cancer is the extent of cancer within the
body. You may select one or more stages/subtypes. If you don't know the stage
or subtype of cancer, choose "All." For example if you select adult brain tumor
for type of cancer, you will see multiple subtypes available for
selection, such as:
Adult anaplastic astrocytoma
Adult anaplastic meningioma
Adult anaplastic oligodendroglioma
Use this list to choose the type of trial. You have the option to choose from 6
types of trials and you may select one or more types or "All." For example:
Treatment trials study potential anticancer treatments, their safety,
and their effectiveness.
Screening trials check for disease when there are no symptoms.
Genetic trials study the genetic factors that may influence the
development of cancer or the response to cancer treatment.
Supportive care trials study treatments to prevent, control, or relieve
complications and side effects and to improve patients' comfort and quality of
Prevention trials study methods of preventing disease.
Diagnostic trials evaluate methods of detecting disease.
Enter either your ZIP Code to search for trials in your area or the ZIP Code of
another area of interest. The searches are automatically limited to within 20
miles of the ZIP Code that you enter. To widen the search area use the drop
down list to select choices between 0 and 500 miles. For example:
If the ZIP code in your area is 44505 and you are willing to travel up to 50
miles to participate in a trial, then you would enter your ZIP Code and select
50 miles from the list.
If you don't know the ZIP Code, use the link to "ZIP Code Lookup" which pops up
a page from the U.S. Postal Service Web site. Find the ZIP Code by entering the
address and copy it from the pop up window into the form.
To limit your search to clinical trials being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
check the box for "Only trials at the NIH Clinical Center (Bethesda, Md.)."
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