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May is Cancer Research Month

Posted 5/17/2016 by UHBlog

Cancer research includes clinical trials which are research studies used to find new cancer treatments, improve current cancer treatments and learn more about cancer. New treatments found through clinical trials can help improve cancer patient’s quality of life.

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Clinical Trials App

Users are increasingly turning to the Internet for health-related information. Pew Research Center1 surveys report that 87 percent of U.S. adults use the internet, and 72 percent of adult online users have looked for health information over the past year. Unpublished data gathered by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from a national sample showed that people considering a clinical trial were likely to use the Internet to find out about them2.

The UH Seidman Clinical Trials website and app can help you find and learn more about open clinical trials at UH Seidman Cancer Center. Unlike other clinical trials websites that are often hard to read, our site has plain titles and descriptions that can be understood by the general public.

Learn more at UHSeidman.org/ClinicalTrials, or download the free mobile app.

You can search our trials by cancer type, drug or trial ID, trial phase, or person’s age. A list of trial titles will appear. Click on any trial of interest to see and read details about that study.

You can talk to your doctor about clinical trials you would like to know more about. Things to write down from the website to tell the doctor are:

  • The trial ID code. This is the letters and/or numbers listed before the trial title on the search results page.
  • NCT code. This is the number that starts with “NCT” on the trial details page under “learn more by clicking on the link below.”
  • The drug(s) being studied found on the trial details page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find this.

For more information or questions about our clinical trials website/app call, 216-844-5432.

Sources cited:

Atkinson, M. L., Saperstein, S. L., Massett, H., Leonard, C. R., Grama, L., & Manrow, R. (2008). Using the internet to search for cancer clinical trials: A comparative audit of clinical trial search tools. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29(4), 555-564. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2008.01.007.

Pew Research Center. (Updated as new data is available). Health fact sheet. Retrieved from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/health-fact-sheet/.

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