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How can I find out about clinical trials for ovarian cancer?

Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Clinical trials play an important role in treatment of all cancers, especially ovarian cancer. At least 20% of all patients are eligible, but less than 5% enroll, usually because of lack of information or distance from the trial center. Please ask you physician if you are eligible.
New treatments are created and tested emphasizing more effective and less toxic medications, ways to do surgery as well as other techniques. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) checks and approves new cancer drugs and other treatments for safety.  Clinical trials help find new agents to treat cancer; hopefully, with less side effects and better results. 
Your doctor may be able to tell you about local clinical trials for ovarian cancer, or you may need to seek them out on your own. One place to start is the National Library of Medicine clinical trials website, which is a registry of all federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and around the world. This database can be sorted by disease.

In addition, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund offers a clinical trials finder on its website. This free customized search, which can be conducted online or over the phone, can quickly identify ovarian cancer clinical trial options that match a woman’s specific diagnosis and treatment history.

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