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05 February 2007 @ 02:31 pm
Clinical Trials Involving Humans - What you need to know.  
Clinical trials involving humans, that's right... experiments on YOU.

You may be asked by your doctor, or nurse, if you would be interested in participating in a "Clinical Trial". Why? Usually because the medical community wants to know if they are doing everything they can to give you the best possible treatment for you. That's easy. But what if the best treatment is a "maybe it will work" or "it works in the test tube!"

I have been involved in three clinical trials in my life.

1. When I was in college I volunteered to help test the reliability of polygraph machines. I was wired up strapped in and then experimented on. I remember signing something, I didn't read it beforehand though. (I have NO faith in the ability of a polygraph machine to accurately predict truthfulness in humans... none).

2. I volunteered to try an experimental nasal-pathway anti cancer drug, to test for efficacy (does it work well enough to change the way things are currently administered). I remember looking at the consent and knowing what it was. The doctor explained it so well that I didn't really read it when I took it home that night; the next day I said I did read it though...

3.  I volunteered to be measured all over and followed for a long time to see if my body changed in predictable ways. I was working in the field by then so I couldn't WAIT to read the consent and compare and contrast what what written with what the doctor had said, with their language compared to the language we use in our consents, it was great fun! (didn't meet the eligibility requirements for that study though)

Like every other "after the fact" guy, I want folks to pay more attention than I did.

How many NCI trials are listed in Physician Data Query (PDQ®) database for the four major types of cancer?
  • 133 for lung cancer (including 95 for non-small cell lung cancer, 33 for small cell lung cancer, and 3 for pulmonary carcinoid tumors),
  • 192 for breast cancer (including 152 for female breast cancer and 40 for male breast cancer),
  • 90 for prostate cancer
  • 57 for colon cancer.
Where do I go for information?

NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups

American College of Radiology Imaging Network
Bruce J. Hillman, M.D., Chair
Suite 1600
1818 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
Heidi Nelson, M.D., Co-Chair
David M. Ota, M.D., Co-Chair
2400 Pratt Street
Durham, NC 27705

Cancer and Leukemia Group B
Richard L. Schilsky, M.D., Chair
Suite 2050
230 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Children’s Oncology Group
Gregory H. Reaman, M.D., Chair
440 East Huntington Drive
Post Office Box 60012
Arcadia, CA 91066–6012

Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
Robert L. Comis, M.D., Chair
Suite 1100
1818 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Françoise Meunier, M.D., Director General
Avenue E. Mounier 83, BTE 11
B–1200 Brussels


Gynecologic Oncology Group
Philip J. DiSaia, M.D., Chair
Suite 1020
Four Penn Center
1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Cancer Institute of Canada, Clinical Trials Group
Joseph L. Pater, M.D., Director
Queen’s University
10 Stuart Street
Kingston , Ontario K7L 3N6

National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Norman Wolmark, M.D., Chair
Fifth Floor
East Commons Professional Building
Four Allegheny Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15212–5234

North Central Cancer Treatment Group
Jan C. Buckner, M.D., Chair
200 First Street, SW.
Rochester, MN 55905

Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Walter J. Curran, Jr., M.D., Chair
Suite 1600
1818 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Southwest Oncology Group
Laurence H. Baker, D.O., Chair
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Post Office Box 483
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

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