Thursday, February 3, 2011

American Cancer Society Offers Clinical Trials Matching Service

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families, and healthcare workers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to a patient’s medical and personal situation.

Cancer clinical trials are research studies to find new drugs or methods to prevent, detect or treat cancer. Doctors use this research to learn whether a new treatment is safe and effective in patients. Such studies are vital to the development of new cancer treatments, prevention and early detection methods. ACS specialists are trained to answer questions about clinical trial participation and to open the door to treatment options available through research studies.

ACS helps you navigate through the clinical trial system by putting patients in contact with the coordinators for studies in which they are interested. For more information on the ACS Clinical Matching Service, please call 1-800-303-5691 or visit