Learning More About Clinical Trials

Learning More About Clinical Trials

March 31, 2020

Brains for the Cure was launched to be an online online patient and caregiver program to provide resources and information through their journey with a brain tumor. According to a study done by the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) only 42% of patients were informed about clinical trials by their medical team.

What is a Clinical Trial?

Where Can You Find Clinical Trials?

Patients, or their caregiver, can ask their doctor about clinical trials taking place within their center, but sometime a patient will need to travel, if able, to participate in a trial. Doctors should always be consulted when deciding whether or not to participate, but a database of clinical trials can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.

What Should You Ask About Clinical Trials?

Some important questions to ask a doctor about clinical trials are;

  • How does the treatment work to treat my brain tumor?
  • How often do I have to be seen in the clinic or hospital?
  • How could the trial affect my daily life?

More questions can be found in the Brains for the Cure Patient Resource Guide.

Where Can I Hear More About Clinical Trials?

Did you know that Brains for the Cure has a video library with more than 200 videos from patients, caregivers, and doctors covering a wide variety of topics? We do! Check out the Clinical Trials playlist.

Where Can I Learn More?

National Cancer Institute: The National Cancer Institute offers great resources to explore if you want to know more about clinical trials options available. They also have a listing of clinical trials for brain tumor patients taking place at the NCI.