Cancer Clinical Trial Update



What’s going on in cancer clinical trials?

For a refresher on what clinical trials are see the Battling Cancer archives on the topic.

The SUN Program: Studies to Understand Sunititrib Malate. While the there are numerous Sun Trials including five enrolling for breast cancer, this one is of particular interest. Check out the site for a video of the study on Sutent.

SUTENT is indicated for the treatment of

  • Advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC)
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) after disease progression on or intolerance to imatinib mesylate

The START non-small cell lung cancer clinical trial program is now enrolling.

Researchers and doctors at approximately 250 medical facilities in 30 countries are studying an investigational lung cancer vaccine for treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). If you are 18 years of age or older and have inoperable stage III NSCLC, you may qualify for this clinical trial.

In depth resources on clinical trials and registries for clinical trials:

ClinicalTrials.gov not only lists registries of current clinical trials in the U.S and other countries but breaks them down according to condition, drug, sponsor and location.

World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform. “The mission of the WHO Registry Platform is to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making.”

National Cancer Institute Information on Clinical Trials, including a detailed fact sheet called Clinical Trials and Insurance Coverage: A Resource Guide.

CRISP, Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects. “A biomedical database system containing information on research projects and programs supported by the Dept. of Health and Human Services.”

Center Watch: Clinical Trials Listing Service. This site provides a notification services for new clinical trials.

The American Cancer Society, Clinical Trials Matching Service. “… a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families, and health care workers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to a patient’s medical and personal situation.”

In the News:

The Baltimore Sun, July 10, 2008. Disparity in Clinical Trials. UM researchers find minorities are Underrepresented. ” Across the state, minorities and residents of rural areas are under-represented in cancer trials, according to a new study from University of Maryland researchers. And the study found that rates of participation among African-Americans are dropping.”

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