ECOG: The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

General Information

  ECOG-ACRIN web site

Clinical Trials
  Guide For Cancer Patients
  What is a clinical trial?
  Why participate?
  Does insurance cover costs?
  What if I change my mind?
  How can I join a clinical trial?
  Active protocols
 Educational Materials
  Selenium E5597
  GI Studies E4203,E5204
  GI E1208
  Head & Neck Cancer E1305
  Leukemia E1910
  Leukemia E1912
  Lung Cancer E1505
  Lung Cancer E5508
  Lymphoma E2410
  Melanoma E1609
  Melanoma E2603
  Prostate CHAARTED E3805
  Cancer in Siblings E1Y97
  Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma E4402
  Breast E2108
  Breast Cancer PACCT1: TAILORx
  Informational Videos
  Trial Summary Results

Pathology and
Laboratory Science

  Pathology and Lab Science

Trial Monitoring
  Data Safety Monitoring Committee

Member Institutions
  Institutions by state
  Alphabetical listing

Become a Member
  Joining ECOG-ACRIN

  Publications bibliography
  Job Openings
  Future Group Meeting Dates

Scales and Criteria
  ECOG Performance Status
  Common Toxicity Criteria

Cancer Information
  Colon Cancer Video
  Cancer Survivor Publications
  Releasing Results Guidelines

Other Cancer Sites
  Main Institutions' Sites
  Other Cooperative Groups
  Advocates/Support Groups



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How Can I Join a Clinical Trial?

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, you should first talk to your doctor who can help determine which trials would be best for you. Also, you can call the NCI's Information Hotline at 1-800-4-CANCER to find information on active studies in your disease site. Finally, you may want to contact one of the major cancer centers or university medical centers in your region, which can provide information about the studies in which they are currently participating, and can recommend a health care professional in the area who can help determine your eligibility.

Other questions a patient may want to ask include:

  • What is the main purpose of the trial?
  • Who is sponsoring the trial?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Where is the trial being conducted?
  • What does the treatment involve?
  • What tests or procedures will I have to undergo?
  • How often will I need to come in, and where do I have to go?
  • What risks are involved - short-term and long-term side effects?
  • What happens if I am harmed by the trial?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • How will the trial affect my daily activities?
  • What other treatment options are available?
  • Can I opt to remain on this treatment, even after termination of the trial?
  • Are there any costs I will have to pay?
  • How will I be notified of the results of the study?

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Revised: March 25, 1998