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Today, thousands of cancer clinical trials are under way in the United States. Clinical trials answer vital research questions that lead to better screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options for all cancers. This section highlights NCI-supported cancer trials and demonstrates the breadth of clinical cancer research supported by the Institute.

To find other cancer trials open to enrollment:

  • Call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) for information about trials all across the country. The call is toll-free and completely confidential.
  • Use the clinical trials search form to look online for trials listed on NCI's Cancer.gov website. The form has a Help link for tips about searching for clinical trials.
  • For information about cancer trials taking place on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, call NCI’s Clinical Trials Referral Office at 1-888-NCI-1937 (1-888-624-1937). The call is toll-free and completely confidential.
Treating Hereditary Thyroid Cancer in Children
(Posted: 12/18/2007) - In this clinical trial, doctors are testing a new drug called vandetanib (Zactima) in young patients with advanced hereditary medullary thyroid cancer. Vandetanib targets the specific genetic defect responsible for these tumors.

New Drug Combination for Ovarian and Primary Peritoneal Cancers
(Posted: 12/04/2007) - Women with ovarian epithelial or primary peritoneal cancer whose disease has relapsed less than 6 months after treatment with initial chemotherapy will receive cisplatin and a second drug called flavopiridol in this phase II clinical trial.

Combination Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer
(Posted: 11/29/2005, Updated: 11/07/2007) - In this clinical trial, researchers are adding a new drug called bortezomib to chemotherapy with doxorubicin to see if it can cause liver tumors to shrink or stop growing better than doxorubicin alone.

Chemotherapy for Recurrent Gliomas
(Posted: 02/14/2006, Updated: 11/07/2007) - In this clinical trial, researchers are testing a new drug called enzastaurin in patients whose glioma has recurred after previous radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Carnitine Supplementation for Cancer-Related Fatigue
(Posted: 01/03/2006, Updated: 11/07/2007) - In this trial, researchers will assess the prevalence of carnitine deficiencies in cancer patients and examine the effect of carnitine supplementation in patients experiencing moderate to severe fatigue.

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