Finding a Clinical Trial
If you're interested in the possibility of a clinical trial as a treatment option, talk with your doctor first. He or she can help you find a clinical trial that you may be eligible for.
You can also contact one of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) information specialists for help in finding an appropriate clinical trial. Information specialists are skilled in assisting people searching for clinical trial programs. We can help you identify the information you need about your diagnosis and treatment history to determine which trials you may be eligible for. We can also help you develop a list of questions to ask your doctor or the trial team about participating in a trial.
Contacting the Trial Team
If your doctor agrees that a clinical trial is a good option, he or she can contact the trial team for you. The trial team will ask many questions related to your medical and treatment history to determine if the clinical trial is right for you.
At times, you may need to contact the trial team yourself about participating if your doctor is unable to. If this is the case, an LLS information specialist can help guide you on the procedures and suggest what to ask the trial team.
When you contact a member of the trial team, ask to speak with the study coordinator, the referral coordinator or the protocol assistant. You can find this information on the protocol summary, a description of key information about the study. You can access the summary online at TrialCheck® or other clinical-trial search services or you can contact an LLS information specialist.
The study coordinator answers your and your doctor's questions. He or she will make preliminary assessment of your eligibility for the trial. After your initial appointment with the coordinator, he or she decides whether you'll be accepted to participate in the clinical trial.