How Can I Find a Trial?


The Texas Clinical Trial Network can help you find a clinical trial using one of several tools.  It is helpful to gather as much information as possible before you begin a search. Information such as the specific type and stage of cancer, the type of trial that might be relevant (treatment, diagnostic, supportive care), and other details about the patient will be helpful. Speak with a health care provider to gather this information and make sure you review the information that you find with your health care provider.

For cancer clinical trials there are three tools that help you prescreen and match to clinical trials.  Using these tools, you can look for trials for a specific type of cancer in your city or region.  You can also get personalized help by calling toll free to the numbers listed below.


This easy to use service starts by entering your health information into an easy-to-use form.  Then you can see the trials that match best with your health history.  The service helps you to locate research sites closest to you on a Google Map and you can choose to use Secure Connect, a private and secure message service to contact a research coordinator and begin the process of finding out if a trial is right for you

You can prescreen and match to trials using one or all of these free services.   

National Cancer Institute - Clinical Trials

This is the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s search engine for cancer trials is called the) PDQ® Cancer Clinical Trials Registry and contains more than 8,000 active clinical trials. Active trials are those that are currently accepting participants’. These pages explain how to search for trials and review the results of your searches.  While the PDQ can help you narrow your search to a specific drug or a city or state or hospital, it only lists the trials, no prescreening based on the patient’s personal data is provided.

is the winner of the 2008 Consumer Health World Award for “Best in Show.”  TrialCheck, run by the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative groups, is a unique nonprofit organization with a mission to improve patient awareness of cancer clinical trials by facilitating access and promoting participation.   The American Cancer Society uses TrialCheck and has trained specialists available to help walk you through your search or answer any of your questions about cancer clinical trials. Call toll free (877) 227-8451 for assistance in matching trials or to ask questions about trials.

You can use this website or call toll free (877) 601-8601 from 8:30 AM-6:00 PM EST- Monday through Friday. EmergingMed offers a free navigator service to educate and inform you about trials.  You create a detailed personal health profile to see if you match the eligibility requirements of more than 10,000 cancer trials in the United States and Canada.  The clinical trial specialists at EmergingMed will work with you by telephone to make sure you get the information you need to make decisions about clinical trials.


This website is the US National Institute of Health’s registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.  It does not provide prescreening or matching to trials but does allow you to modify and narrow your search by drug type, trial type, sponsor and a number of other helpful search parameters.