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Featured Clinical Trials Supported by the National Cancer Institute


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.
Testing Dose-Dense Paclitaxel for Ovarian and Related Cancers
(Posted: 05/03/2011) - In this trial, women with stage III or IV ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer will be randomly assigned to receive either standard or dose-dense paclitaxel in addition to standard carboplatin (given once every 3 weeks) and optional bevacizumab.

Inhibiting Tumor Angiogenesis in Metastatic Hormone-Refractory Prostate Cancer
(Posted: 04/05/2011) - In this NIH Clinical Center study, researchers will test whether treatment with a novel monoclonal antibody, TRC105, that targets a protein highly expressed on the surface of tumor blood vessels improves the outcome of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Novel Combination Chemotherapy for Localized Ewing Sarcoma
(Posted: 03/22/2011) - In this clinical trial, researchers will test whether the addition of the drug combination vincristine, topotecan, and cyclophosphamide to a standard chemotherapy regimen improves overall survival and event-free survival in newly diagnosed patients with non-metastatic Ewing sarcoma of the bone or soft tissue (excluding the soft tissue of the skull).

Optimizing Adjuvant Therapy for Resected Pancreatic Cancer
(Posted: 06/15/2010, Updated: 03/08/2011) - In this clinical trial, patients with resected pancreatic head cancer will be randomly assigned to receive either gemcitabine with or without erlotinib for 5 treatment cycles. Patients who do not experience disease progression or recurrence will then be randomly assigned to undergo an additional cycle of the same chemotherapy regimen with or without subsequent chemoradiation using either 5-FU or capecitabine.

Treating Multiply Relapsed or Refractory Hairy Cell Leukemia
(Posted: 02/22/2011) - In this trial, patients with hairy cell leukemia who have not responded to initial chemotherapy followed by second-line treatment with rituximab, or who have relapsed following two courses of chemotherapy, will be randomly assigned to receive rituximab combined with either pentostatin or bendamustine.

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