File this one away somewhere. With any luck you will never need it, but if you do – here it is.
How to find a clinical trial: When Linda was diagnosed with stage 3c epithelial ovarian cancer neither she nor I knew what that was, nor what to do about it. We knew that things called clinical trials existed, but we didn’t know how to find them or whether they could be trusted, let alone would do her any good. We relied on our oncologists for guidance – and, sad to say, we didn’t get much. Knowing about and utilizing clinical trials probably wouldn't have saved her, but then again, who really knows?. So, you should know about clinical trials.
To find a clinical trial in your vicinity, simply go to the NIH web site “Clinicaltrials.gov”. It is easy to use, up to date, and exhaustive. Were Linda alive today I would go to that web site and type in “ovarian cancer and Seattle”. This request would return 130 studies, of which 24 currently are recruiting. (The rest are either full or recently completed.) Clicking on any of the 24 would give me who to contact, as well as a description of what the investigator(s) are trying to find out. Searching on “ovarian cancer and Bellingham” returns 12 studies, three of which are open. And these examples are based on using “basic search”; there is a button for “advanced search” that can narrow the possibilities down much further.
Note that many of these trials are run by drug companies. Before you shudder and turn away in disgust: they are supervised by the NIH and most of them have academic researchers on staff. You may not like drug companies (really, who does?) but we damned well still need them.
I hope this turns out to be useless information.