Ongoing Research Studies
Scientists supported by NCI conduct cancer research studies to improve the detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer in people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. When volunteers participate in studies, they become a partner in cancer research—bringing hope to many and providing researchers opportunities to develop more and better treatments for people with cancer.
At any time, there are hundreds of NCI-supported studies that are ongoing throughout the United States, some of which are featured on this page. For each study highlighted, get answers to your questions about the study’s purpose, whether you are eligible to participate, what costs may be involved, and more.
Selected research studies and programs enrolling participants:
Tissue and blood samples donated by people with cancer are an important resource for understanding and accelerating cancer research. NCI created the Cancer Moonshot Biobank to collect tumor and blood samples from a diverse patient population. Researchers will use the data from samples to help answer pressing questions like why some patients respond to a particular cancer treatment and some do not.
The Molecular Characterization Initiative, part of NCI’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, aims to provide the best molecular diagnostic information possible to a child or AYA diagnosed with cancer, while also generating data that will help others in the future. Testing will first be available for children and AYAs with certain types of newly diagnosed tumors being treated at Children’s Oncology Group-affiliated hospitals, with plans to expand beyond that soon.
MyPART runs a research study that helps scientists learn about rare tumors by collecting and analyzing data from people or the relatives of people with rare tumors. This is a natural history study that takes place over a long period of time and does not involve treatment.
NCI-CONNECT research studies help scientists learn more about the causes of and treatments for central nervous system cancers. Eligible people with cancer can participate by providing samples for testing, answering questionnaires, and taking part in clinical exams.
NCI also supports many clinical trials and research studies that are seeking participants. You can explore these options or get help being matched to a trial by calling our Cancer Information Service.