BLOOD CANCER IS PERSONAL. FINDING A CLINICAL TRIAL IS TOO.
Leave no stone unturned. Clinical trials can give you access to the latest cancer treatments.
Please fill out our short information form so we can personalize our conversation with you. All information is private and there is no fee or obligation.
Work one-on-one with a Clinical Trial Oncology Nurse.
You'll access a team of Registered Nurses with expertise in pediatric and adult blood cancer who can help identify clinical trial options for your cancer and unique situation.
Our free services include:
Educating patients and families about clinical trials
Helping patients find and enroll in a clinical trial
Identifying available financial assistance programs
Helping with logistics and providing support throughout the process
Some patients may think they should wait until standard treatment fails before they consider a clinical trial. However, clinical trials are not only for patients with disease that has relapsed or refractory to treatment. A trial can be designed to test new treatment(s) in newly diagnosed patients, patients with a very limited disease, or patients whose disease is in remission and/or who are on maintenance therapy.
A patient’s response to treatment can vary due to a number of factors including age, gender, genetics, ethnic origin, and weight. These differences can play a role in the safety and effectiveness of a medication since differences among people can lead to different responses to the same medication. It is essential to test treatments in a diverse population to ensure the results of the study are relevant to the general population.
Placebos are not used in cancer clinical trials unless they are given along with an active drug. It is unethical to give someone solely a placebo if there is a treatment available that could work. If a placebo is part of the treatment in a clinical trial, you will be told in advance and your doctor will discuss the drug regimen in further detail with you.
Clinical trials are highly regulated to ensure that patient safety is at the forefront of every trial. Patients enrolled in clinical trials are watched closely by the trial doctor, as well as by other members of their medical team to ensure their safety. Every trial must follow a carefully designed treatment plan called a protocol which details the care of the patient while on trial. Every center participating in a trial must adhere to the protocol to ensure patient safety and accurate data collection. All trials are overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) who conduct reviews and audits to ensure adherence to the protocol and patient safety standards.
Clinical trials are appropriate treatment options for different types of patients, depending on the purpose and phase of the trial. It is important to speak to your doctor or your healthcare team about clinical trials. You can also work one on one with an LLS Clinical Trial Oncology Nurse who will assist you throughout the entire clinical trial process. Our Clinical Trial Oncology Nurses are registered nurses with expertise in blood cancers and clinical trials.
Your LLS Clinical Trial Oncology Nurse is an extension of your healthcare team. We perform a thorough assessment of your diagnostic and treatment history, prior medical history, and any non-clinical factors that may influence your ability to participate in a trial, such as geographic, financial or social considerations. We encourage shared decision making between the patient and their healthcare team, and are available to help overcome barriers to clinical trial enrollment.
Clinical trials are available for every stage of disease (newly-diagnosed, relapsed/refractory, maintenance, remission and into survivorship). Talking with your healthcare team about clinical trials during every treatment discussion is important.
Take the first step.
If you or someone you know is looking for clinical trial support, please complete the intake form below and a Clinical Trial Oncology Nurse from the clinical trial team will contact you.
Want to know more?
Get in touch with our Information Resource Center to learn more about the Clinical Trial Support Center and access to the latest cancer treatments.