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Finding a breast cancer clinical trial that is both right for you, and for which you qualify, can be a daunting task. Often times oncologists in smaller and/or more rural medical facilities are not up to date on the latest clinical trials that could literally save your life.
I have learned that you can not always rely on the doctors to put your health first. Unfortunately advocating for yourself is not an easy task; it can be quite challenging to take care of yourself, manage side effects, or maintain your role as a spouse or parent while undergoing treatment. I have made it my own personal mission to research the most promising targeted drugs and therapies for ALL breast cancer subtypes. I do the grunt work, so you don’t have to!
The search engine below is based on the National Institute of Health’s registry of over a quarter of a million clinical trials. The clinical trials have been filtered to list those that include:
- Metastatic breast cancer patients
- Targeted therapy- biological or hormonal
- Drugs that have been FDA approved for other cancers
Clinical trials were updated Aug 14, 2019
To narrow your search of clinical trials for which you qualify based on tumor type and/or drug preference, check the boxes below.
Select the type of breast cancer for which you are looking for a clinical trial:
Select any hormonal mutations expressed by your breast cancer tumor(s):
Select any other mutations or deficiencies expressed by your breast cancer tumor(s): (Note: Check “DNA damage repair” if your cancer expresses any of the following mutations ATR, BAP1, BARD1, BLM, BRIP1, CHEK1/2, EMSY, FAM175A, FANCA/C/D2/E/F/G/L, MLL2, MRE11A, NBN, NBS1, PALB2, PPP2R2A, RAD50/51/51B/C/D/54L, SLX4, WRN, or XRCC)
Select any or all that apply to your breast cancer (optional):
Check the boxes that apply to the location of metastases (optional):
Select a category to show clinical trials testing those specific drugs (optional):
Choose a clinical trial phase (optional):
Choose a recruiting status (optional):
How can I find a clinical trial on my own?
If you have an interest in searching for clinical trials on your own, click on the “Metastatic Trial Search” image below. This search engine is made specifically for people with metastatic breast cancer, but it only includes clinical trials that are conducted in the United States. It will filter results based on your specific breast cancer type. Click on the “My Cancer Genome” image and learn about another clinical trial search engine. These results are filtered according to biomarkers specific to your breast cancer.
What if I qualify for a particular clinical trial and I still have questions?
People who are in a clinical trial or are thinking about joining a clinical trial have the right to ask the study staff any questions they may have about the study.
The questions below are useful for patients, potential study volunteers, and their family members or friends, to ask the research staff – which can include doctors, nurses, study coordinators and other people who help conduct the trial.
For a printable version of these questions, click here to download the PDF and take with you to your appointment.
- What is the main purpose of this study?
- Does the study involve a placebo or a treatment that is already on the market?
- How will I receive the treatments?
- How long is the study going to last and while I am a participant, what will I need to do?
- What will researchers learn about the study treatment and will they publish the study results?
- Do I have to pay for any part of the study? Will my insurance cover these costs?
- Is there any reimbursement for travel costs or childcare?
- Will I be able to see my own doctor?
- If the treatment works for me, can I keep using it after the study?
- Can anyone find out whether I’m participating in the clinical trial?
- Will I receive any follow-up care after the study has ended?
- What will happen to my medical care if I stop participating in the study?
- Does the physician/investigator have any financial or special interest in the clinical study?
- What are the credentials and research experience of the physician and study staff?
- When and how will I receive the results of the clinical trial?
- Will I learn my treatment assignment?