Why consider a clinical trial for melanoma?

Why consider a clinical trial for melanoma?

  but more research is needed

As a result, fewer people are dying frommelanoma, even though more people are being diagnosed with it.

In 2018, the researchers who developed immunotherapy for melanoma won the Nobel Prize in medicine .

Since 2011, 12

These new treatments include: • Immunotherapies, which boost the body’s immune system to find and attack cancer • Targeted therapies, which


Expected deaths from melanoma per year

new melanoma treatments have become available.

target and attack the parts of melanoma cells that make them dierent from normal cells

2019 7,230


Patients say they don’t take part because: • They aren’t aware of clinical trials • They don’t think clinical trials happen where they live • They think clinical trials are only for patients if standard, approved treatments don’t work

6 out of 10 clinical trials for cancer medicines (oncology trials) don’t enroll enough volunteers.

This means new treatments can't complete testing and be made available to people with cancer.

Only 1 out of 20 people with cancer take part in a clinical trial.

You may get access to a promising new treatment that is not available to the general public by taking part in a clinical trial.

In surveys of people who have volunteered for clinical trials:

said taking part in a clinical trial is not at all disruptive or not very disruptive to their general daily routine


You’ll get a chance to have all your questions answered before you decide to take part. Aer you join, you can leave a clinical trial at any time, and for any reason.

said the care they received during a clinical trial was the same or better compared to their usual care


Only 3 out of 10 people say their doctors have discussed medical research with them.

would recommend volunteering to family or friends


Volunteers’ top 3 reasons for taking part in clinical trials: 1. Helping to advance science and treatment 2. Getting better treatment 3. Helping others

Search www.melanoma.org/clinical-trials and speak to your doctor about clinical trials that might be a good fit for you. Many melanoma experts believe that clinical trials could be your first and best treatment option.


• Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, 2019. Cancer Stat Facts: Melanoma of the Skin. National Cancer Institute. • Laboratory Corporation of America, 2015. Addressing Ever-rising Cost in Conducting Clinical Trials. Covance, Inc. • Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, 2010. Clinical Trials in Cancer. In Transforming Clinical Research in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities: Workshop Summary. National Academies Press.

• The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), 2017. Perceptions and Insights Study, Public and Patient Perceptions of Clinical Research. Report on the Participation Experience. • Zogby Analytics/Research!America, 2013. National Poll: Clinical Research.


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