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Have you considereda clinical trial?If you or someone you care about has beendiagnosed with cancer, understandingyour treatment options is an importantfirst step. Many cancer patients and theirfamilies don’t realize that a clinical trial maybe a treatment option worth considering.Clinical trials offer early access to promisingnew cancer treatments that are not yetwidely available to the public. To find outmore about clinical trials, or to find aclinical trial that might be right for you –visit www.OntarioCancerTrials.ca orcall the Canadian Cancer Society at1-888-939-3333 – and talk to your doctor.What is the Ontario Cancer Research Network?Launched in 2001 with funding from the Ontario Ministryof Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, the OntarioCancer Research Network (OCRN) is committed toaccelerating the development and testing of new cancertherapies through a number of exciting initiatives. Theseinclude providing funding for promising cancer research,supporting the expansion of clinical trial programs inOntario, and providing the most complete source ofinformation regarding clinical trials across the province.Together with the Canadian Cancer Society and cancercentres and hospitals across the province – we areworking to make clinical trials available to you.Ontario CancerResearch Network149 College StreetSuite 501Toronto, ON M5T 1P5Tel: 416.977.7599info@ocrn.on.cawww.OntarioCancerTrials.caClinical trials have ledto many new advancesin cancer research.But did you know theycould be a treatmentoption for you?Funding provided by the Ontario Ministryof Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.


Why a clinical trial may be an option for youBy participating in a clinical trial, you could be amongthe first to benefit from the newest cancer treatmentsavailable. For many cancer patients, clinical trials alsoprovide an opportunity to play a more active role in theirhealth care, reducing feelings of helplessness and beingout of control.Another important reason that patients get involved inclinical trials is to support the advancement of cancerresearch. Through clinical trials, doctors and scientistshave developed less invasive approaches to surgery,more effective treatment options and new drugs withfewer side effects. As a result, many cancer patientsare living longer and enjoying a better quality of life.What you need to know about clinical trialsA clinical trial is a scientific study to investigate new ways toprevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Clinical trials are federallyregulated and closely monitored to ensure the safety andcare of participants. If you decide to enroll in a clinical trial,you should know that there is no guarantee that you willreceive the newer treatment being tested. At the very least,however, you will receive the best available standard treatment.Contrary to popular belief, clinical trials are not just forpeople who are really sick. There are clinical trials that testnew treatments for various types and stages of cancer.Other clinical trials focus on ways to control the sideeffects of cancer treatments, while some look at ways toprevent cancer. However, a clinical trial isn’t suitable foreveryone. There may not be a clinical trial for your typeof cancer, or the eligibility criteria for a trial may not matchyour situation.Some patients are surprised to learn that clinical trialsusually take place in the same location where they wouldnormally receive care, and that they are followed closely bya team of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.Patients are free to leave the study at any time.Know the risksWhile there are many benefits to being part of a clinicaltrial, there are risks to consider too. Not all new treatmentsbeing studied will turn out to be better or even as goodas the best available standard care. There may also beunknown side effects with the new treatment. And being ina clinical trial may be time-consuming, requiring more tripsto the study site, more tests and extra medications.Make an informed decisionWhen you have cancer, knowing all of your options is animportant part of making the best decision for you. To findout more about clinical trials and what is available to you,visit the Ontario Cancer Research Network’s websitewww.OntarioCancerTrials.ca. You will find helpful informationand the most complete listing of all the cancer clinical trialsacross the province. You can even search for clinical trialsby cancer type, stage and geographic location. You shouldalso talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial mightbe a suitable treatment option for you. A referral from yourdoctor is required to participate in any clinical trial.If you do not have access to the internet or you needhelp navigating our website, please call the CanadianCancer Society’s Cancer Information Service -- toll-freeat 1-888-939-3333, from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm.www.OntarioCancerTrials.ca1-888-939-3333

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