Every clinical trial has to be registered, and there are several ways of searching for a clinical trial:
A curated list of all actively recruiting clinical trials for secondary breast cancer patients in the UK is available here.
Finding the right information about eligible clinical trials for you can be challenging. Our Patient Trials Advocate (PTA) service is here to provide unbiased information and support for those interested in exploring clinical trials options. As a patient with secondary breast cancer you can book to speak to one of dedicated specialist nurses who can search the trials databases on your behalf.
The main international clinical trial registry is clinicaltrials.gov. Every secondary breast cancer trial in the world will be registered here, so it’s comprehensive, but requires some specialist knowledge to interpret.
Ancora is a useful tool for searching for breast cancer clinical trials.
There is also a good American site for secondary breast cancer trials, metastatic trial talk. They also produce a regular online newsletter with the latest USA metastatic breast cancer research news which you can view on their website or sign up to. You don’t have to be a US citizen to access a trial, however the cost makes it unrealistic for most patients.
Here's a guide from the American Cancer Society for patients who are interested in clinical trials.
For a more local and accessible list of trials, look at the NIHR’s (National Institute of Health Research) database, Be Part of Research, and search under your breast cancer type.
Cancer Research UK also has a database of trials, but it doesn’t list every UK secondary breast cancer trial.
myTomorrows helps patients discover and access all possible treatment options. They conduct a comprehensive search of databases worldwide to provide patients and physicians with a personalized listing of treatment options called a Treatment Search Report, this can include clinical trials.
However you find a trial, it's important that you take the information to your clinician who will advise on its suitability and also provide a referral to it.
What is a clinical trial: myTomorrows explains: