- FDA - Food and Drug Association
- NIH - National Institutes of Health
- NCI - National Cancer Institute
- CTSU - Clinical Trials Support Unit
- OHRP - Office of Human Research Protections
- RPC - Radiological Physics Center
- ITC - Image Guided Therapy QA Center
- CTEP - Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program
- QARC- Quality Assurance Review Center
- NSABP - National Surgical Adjuvant Project for Breast & Bowel Cancer
- RTOG - Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
- ECOG - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
- SWOG - Southwest Oncology Group
- GOG - Gynecologic Oncology Group
There are many more. We have a legal agreement with each of these organizations and thus have to send them through the legal department for review which can take a considerable amount of time. And I haven't even mentioned what it takes to get a protocol approved through yet another acronym, the
- IRB - Institutional Review Board
Another problem we have is recruiting enough patients to go on trial. Patients like the idea of clinical trials but they don't like the idea of possibly receiving a placebo. I wouldn't either. Thus many opt for traditional treatment until there are no other options. Many by then don't have the will, the energy, or the qualifications to go on a clinical trial.
If you're looking for a clinical trial a great website is
You can search by drug, diagnosis, or just about any other thing you can think of. The only problem is it is hard to navigate or understand if you don't have much of a medical background. But by the time an individual or family member has resorted to searching for clinical trials they usually know enough to point themselves in the right direction.
Now, don't get me wrong. Clinical Trials are a great thing. They should just be a lot easier to offer and manage especially with the continued declining reimbursement environment we are facing every year.