Clinical trials provide individuals with cancer access to the newest types of treatment. These trials are studies of new therapies to determine whether a medication is safe and effective. Generally, clinical trials compare new treatment with current therapies. Clinical trials may assess new medications and new combinations of treatments. This may include combinations of medications, and combinations of radiation, biological therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
Clinical trial participation is often offered to people with high-risk stage 2, stage 3, or stage 4 melanoma. People with persistent or recurrent melanoma may also be offered clinical trial participation. There may be clinical trials in melanoma available in your area.
By taking part in a clinical trial, you could be among the first to benefit from a new treatment. Although there is no guarantee of the outcome, the treatment being tested may prove to be as effective or more effective than the standard treatment available for your cancer at this time. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in being part of a clinical trial.
Canadian Cancer Trials
This is a valuable bilingual site for current Canadian clinical trials. It was established by the Federal Government’s organization ‘Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’. You can request to be notified when a clinical trial becomes available for a particular cancer or location.
National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials
This site provides easy-to-understand information about clinical trials going on around the world – many of them in Canada – and includes full text publications and links to many other relevant sites. Information is tailored for patients or for health professionals.
Phases of Clinical Trials
Learn more about the phases of Clinical Trials.