Cancer clinical trials are at the heart of delivering breakthrough medicines to patients and saving lives. Yet, fewer than five percent of adult cancer patients enroll in a clinical trial—potentially because they don't understand what a clinical trial is and what participating in a trial can mean in terms of better care. That's why we created a resource guide on cancer clinical trials—so patients and caregivers have information to help them decide whether participating in a clinical trial may be an option for them.
CLINICAL TRIALS RESEARCH GUIDE
The term "clinical pathway" is not well known to most Americans. Yet, clinical pathways have been used for more than 30 years in hospitals and physician practices to make decisions about how to tailor a person's medical treatment. Understanding clinical pathways can help patients and caregivers better navigate their health care decision making. We created a clinical pathways resource guide to provide informational tools for patients, caregivers, and oncology practices as well as to help advocates advance policy solutions.
CLINICAL PATHWAYS RESOURCE GUIDE
Shared Decision Making
Understanding how to be a skilled communicator when faced with a cancer diagnosis is important. As a patient or caregiver, knowing what questions to ask about treatment options, personalized therapies, clinical trials, side effects of treatment, cost of care, and quality of life can be important in arriving at the right care decision. Understanding how and when to ask these questions can improve your experience with your provider. You can learn more about shared decision making and the skilled communications that make this possible by going to the National Patient Advocate Foundation website.