The Gastric Cancer Foundation launched its new website this month and introduced an online clinical trials navigator to help patients more easily identify clinical trials matched with their specific diagnosis, stage, and treatment history. A special grant from Stupid Strong Charitable Foundation, a Texas-based organization, is enabling Gastric Cancer Foundation to make this new service available to patients with gastric cancer.
“One of the most frustrating experiences for patients battling gastric cancer is trying to find appropriate clinical treatment trials among the burgeoning national database of trials,” noted Alice Leung, Gastric Cancer Foundation Co-Chair. “At the same time, researchers frequently report that they cannot enroll enough participants in their investigative trials. With this new navigator, we hope to match more patients with gastric cancer with trials that can make a difference in their treatment while furthering promising research,” explained Ms. Leung.
Patients and their families are encouraged to review the navigator and learn how they can easily participate by completing a short online survey. The clinical trial database is hosted by EmergingMed and includes all treatment trials from -ClinicalTrials.gov along with updates reported directly by trial sponsors and sites.
This online clinical trials navigator has a commitment to privacy and provides patients with personalized guidance to find clinical trials that match their diagnosis and treatment history. The service can also update patients when new trials and sites that match their profiles open.