Today, only 1 out of 20 cancer patients1 enroll in a clinical trial. For melanoma patients, while therapies have improved dramatically, we’re far from a cure for all patients. Clinical trials offer patients access to treatment approaches that may prove more beneficial than anything currently approved by the FDA. In addition, clinical trials drive our understanding of melanoma forward, improving future treatment options for all patients. Lack of enrollment in clinical trials is one of the biggest obstacles to bringing new therapies to market2 and today there are more than 500 melanoma-focused clinical trials currently recruiting patients. Without patient volunteers our entire medical research process would stop.
If you’re ready to start searching for the trial that best suits your needs, use our interactive clinical trial navigator below. Or, if you still have questions, we have created resources to help explain what clinical trials are and how they work, who can participate and what you can expect, benefits and risks, patient success stories, questions to ask your doctor, and answers to frequently asked questions.
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What are clinical trials?
Melanoma clinical trials are research studies involving human volunteers that are designed to answer specific questions about new treatments for melanoma. The answers gained through the research helps doctors find new ways to improve outcomes for people with melanoma.
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies involving human volunteers that are designed to answer specific questions about new treatments. To determine if you are eligible for a trial, the principal investigator (the doctor conducting the clinical trial) will “screen” you to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.
What are the benefits and risks of being in a clinical trial?
While clinical trials can provide the latest, potentially better treatments, they are not without risk such as side effects or other questionable treatment outcomes.
What should you ask your doctor about clinical trials?
Choosing a treatment direction, including whether or not to enter into a clinical trial, is a big decision. By being more informed about the options you are considering you will be empowered to make the best decision possible for yourself.
Why do people sign up for clinical trials?
People choose to sign up for clinical trials for many reasons including a desire to get the latest, most advanced treatment and to give back to other people with a similar condition.
Read more about whether a clinical trial is right for you on our blog or join the conversation on the Melanoma > Exchange, our online community focused on melanoma research, clinical trials, and treatment.