What are Clinical Trials?
Through clinical trials, doctors determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. Clinical trials also help find new ways to prevent and detect cancer and they help medical teams improve the quality of life for people during and after treatment.
Who Pays for Clinical Trials?
In the vast majority of the time, it’s not the patient who is paying. A majority of clinical trials are federally or privately funded, so there is no cost to the participant. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) cover some costs, like office visits and tests, and in certain qualifying clinical research studies.
The Basics of Clinical Trials
The National Institute of Health
Lists of Cancer Clinical Trials
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
National Cancer Institute Supported Clinical Trials
Cancer Support Community
Washington, DC Area
Genito-Urinary Multidisciplinary DC Regional Oncology Project – GUMDROP
Bladder Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/bladder-cancer-trials/
Kidney Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/kidney-cancer-trials/
Prostate Cancer Trials http://www.gumdroptrials.org/prostate-cancer-trials/
Driver – Putting You in Charge of Your Cancer Treatment
As many of us know, all too well, managing our care can be mentally and emotionally draining. A new company, Driver, is trying to change this paradigm.
Driver has launched its beta program and is making it available to the Cancer Journeys Foundation community.
Driver is a first-in-kind consumer platform that connects cancer patients to the world’s largest and most advanced inventory of treatments.
The Driver program organizes member medical records so that cancer patients have a complete set of medical records and their unique clinical history. The Driver describes it program as “a single doorway into a simultaneous evaluation at over 25 of the top cancer centers in the world.”
Driver members have all the tools they need to manage their care, and, if needed, request a second opinion or access the world’s largest inventory of cancer treatments.
They are not only giving our community early access, but would also like feedback about their messaging and services as well as any other insights that you’d like to share with them.
Note: The CJF provides this information as a public service and is not compensated in any way.