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Clinical Trials > PDQ Search for Clinical Trials

Last update: 03/05/2008

Identifying the most appropriate clinical trial for you or your loved one is a complex task. It requires detailed information about the patient, an understanding of the disease, as well as the ability to assess the pros and cons of the numerous emerging treatments.

That said, it can be done and there are professional resources available that will help.

One resource is the NCI PDQ number below *after* making essential preparations.


Prepare the following information about the patient:

  1. General information: age, performance status, address, ability to travel, etc.

  2. The exact diagnosis from the most recent pathology report.

  3. A report or description of tumor burden (size and locations of tumors).

  4. A timeline of the patient's treatment history.

  5. A list of preexisting conditions if any (heart disease, obesity, ...).

  6. A recent lab report at hand that includes: WBC, Absolute Neutrophil and Platelet counts, Hemoglobin, Bilirubin, AST and ALT, Creatinine (renal), etc. *

NOTE: Your doctor can fax the necessary reports to you, so please do not let the preparation stage overwhelm you. Alternatively, your doctor or an assistant can use the services below to conduct the search for you.

PDQ (Physician Data Query)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has developed PDQ, a computerized database designed to give health professionals, patients, and the *public* quick and easy access to:

the latest treatment, supportive care, screening, and prevention information for most types of cancer descriptions of research studies (also known as clinical trials), that are open for enrollment including treatment, supportive care, screening, and prevention studies information on organizations and physicians who specialize in cancer care.

  • Patients may call:
    The staff at the Cancer Information Service (they can provide information from PDQ to callers).
    Call 1-800-4-CANCER or 1-800-422-6237, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM local.
    Deaf and hard of hearing callers with TTY equipment may call 1-800-332-8615.


Physicians and other health care professionals may call:
The PDQ Search Service at 1-800-345-3300


through a medical library with online searching capability. 

Disclaimer:  The information on Lymphomation.org is not intended to be a substitute for 
professional medical advice or to replace your relationship with a physician.
For all medical concerns,  you should always consult your doctor. 
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