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UCSF Launches Nationwide Clinical Trial Matching Web Site for Breast Cancer
Date:10/14/2008

ls, BreastCancerTrials.org intends to increase the rate at which new treatments and procedures are made available to all breast cancer patients, as well as those at heightened risk for developing the disease.

"I made the decision to enroll in a clinical trial because I wanted to explore all of my treatment options," said breast cancer survivor and BreastCancerTrials.org user Isabel Hemming of Los Angeles, California. "Through BreastCancerTrials.org, it was easy to find several trials that were seeking women with the type of breast cancer that I was diagnosed with, and -- after talking to my doctor -- I was able to identify one that I was eligible for. I hope that my participation in the trial may one day result in improved treatment for other women like me."

BreastCancerTrials.org users enter a detailed health history, which matches them to trials that are specific to their personal health situation. Information on whom to contact for further discussion about a trial and additional criteria for enrollment is also provided. Individuals can use BreastCancerTrials.org on a one-time basis or store their health history on secure servers for continual matching to newly listed trials. Information stored on BreastCancerTrials.org is never sold or shared with external parties.

According to the Clinical Research Roundtable at the Institute of Medicine, very few patients are currently aware that they are eligible for participation in research studies, making recruitment challenging for trial sites.(1) By helping individuals evaluate trials as a routine option for care, BreastCancerTrials.org hopes to increase the rate at which new treatments and procedures are developed and made available to individuals at all stages of their disease.

About BreastCancerTrials.org

BreastCancerTrials.org operates as an independent non-profit corporation.

BreastCancerTrials.org was initially co-developed as a regional pilot by the National Cancer Institut
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