Colon Cancer Alliance Launches State of the Art Patient-Friendly Clinical Trials Finder

Colon Cancer Alliance Launches State of the Art Patient-Friendly Clinical Trials Finder

Revolutionary new tool matches patients with personalized results in latest research

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2017) – Clinical trials are the key to new cancer treatments. However, less than 3% of cancer patients participate in these types of studies. In the case of colorectal cancer, the number is less than half of that.

“New treatments and research are hinging on people enrolling in trials. Clinical trials are the hope for the future – that’s why it is so important to make it as easy as possible for patients to find studies and get comfortable talking to their doctor,” said Michael Sapienza, Colon Cancer Alliance CEO. “We’ve been working for more than two years to create something that is both incredibly powerful and easy to use for both patients and their family members.”

The new Clinical Trial Finder is one of very few databases with direct backend access to all trials posted on ClinicalTrials.gov as well as the National Cancer Institute, ensuring that new trials and the latest research are being added to the Clinical Trial Finder in real time.

“Finding a clinical trial can be confusing, to say the least. When you’re going through something as hard as cancer, the last thing you want to do is try to sort through all the various names and phases of trials,” Sapienza continued.

With the new Finder, patients are able to get personalized results based on location, biomarker, phase, stage and more. In addition, patients can choose to email their doctor or the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Patient/Family Support team all within the Finder portal.

In launching the new Clinical Trial Finder, the Colon Cancer Alliance is seeking to educate patients and eradicate the myths and fears often associated with clinical trials, including a free webinar on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 PM ET.

“I think the way we portray clinical trials in the media or common rhetoric is that participants are guinea pigs with untested drugs. The reality is that there is a rigorous pre-trial process that happens before trials are approved for human subjects,” said Laurel Hillerson-Spear, a current clinical trial participant. “I am alive today, after more than 50 rounds of chemo, because someone 20 years ago did a clinical trial.”

Clinical trials are the hope for the future of cancer research. Help us end this disease within our lifetime. Start searching now: https://www.ccalliance.org/clinical-trials.

The Colon Cancer Alliance’s Clinical Trial Finder is generously supported by Boston Biomedical, Bayer, Genentech, Taiho Oncology and Smart Patients.

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About the Colon Cancer Alliance

We believe colon cancer is a senseless killer that must be stopped. Our mission is to empower a nation of advocates who work with us to offer support for patients, raise awareness of preventative measures and inspire efforts to fund critical research. Together, we can end colon cancer within our lifetime.

The Colon Cancer Alliance has received the highest four star rating from Charity Navigator six years in a row in addition to being a BBB accredited non-profit.

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