Patient Resources

Understanding Cancer Trials

New cancer treatment and prevention strategies come from clinical trials – research powered by people that answers specific health questions.

Does this new immunotherapy for lung cancer help people live longer compared with the current standard treatment?
Will vitamin supplements prevent prostate cancer?
Will the nerve pain common among breast cancer survivors be reduced if they take this new drug?

Answers come from clinical trials.

SWOG Cancer Research Network Trials Are Different

SWOG Cancer Research Network is a global cancer research community funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). SWOG's power lies in the breadth and depth of its network of physicians, nurses, scientists, statisticians and other research professionals, as well as its wide-ranging partnerships with companies that produce leading-edge treatments. To learn more, watch our video:

Find A Trial

To find an open SWOG trial, visit our Clinical Trials search.

Need help finding a trial or understanding whether one is right for you? The NCI Contact Center offers confidential help by phone, live chat, and email 9 am to 9 pm Monday-Friday in both English and Spanish. Call 1-800-4-CANCER or go online at

NCI information specialists are experts in explaining medical information, and will help you locate a trial you'd be eligible to join.

More Resources

The NCI offers a host of online resources – from a cancer drug glossary to a list of questions to ask your doctor before joining a trial.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network also offers several tools written in easy-to-understand language, including a treatment guide, a dictionary of cancer terms, a clinical trial search tool, and information on payment assistance for cancer care.