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It’s a long road from development to FDA approval. Most products must first go through 12 to 15 years of careful research by the pharmaceutical industry to assure safety and effectiveness. Three phases of clinical trials are conducted before the FDA will grant approval to make a new drug available for general use. Currently, there are over 1,800 government-sponsored clinical trials underway plus countless trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies11.

Sponsors offer clinical trials in hospitals, cancer centers, clinics, and doctors' offices across the United States and in other countries. Some trials are offered in several locations, while others might be available in just one place. Many trials are sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through a number of ways:

NCI Designated Cancer Centers supports cancer research programs in 60 institutions nation wide.

Cooperative Group Clinical Trials Program sponsored by The Department of Defense.

Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) 12 helps community physicians take part in clinical trials. Minority-based CCOPs have been established specifically to address the needs of the minority population and to encourage participation in cancer prevention and control clinical trials.

The Veteran's Administration has an agreement with NCI, which allows eligible veterans of the armed services to participate in NCI-sponsored trials13.

Pharmaceutical companies also sponsor clinical trials, though it is more difficult to find information about the trials sponsored by these companies. If you are interested in learning more, contact the specific company.

For more information on how to find clinical trials, visit www.cancercare.org.