General information I have received from National Institutes for Health and the National Cancer Institute concerning clinical trials:
The medical care is free of charge, and a per diem rate is paid for food and housing if one has to travel or relocate to participate in a study.
A person seeking to participate in a clinical trial would have to pay initial travel expenses for evaluation though, the per diem rates apply only if they are accepted into the trial.
US trials are not only open to US residents.
The best number to call for a nationwide check of clinical trials (this number would have info on the types and locations of all clinical trials available in the US) is 1-800-422--6237.
If calling with questions regarding a clinical trial, be sure you have the Clinical Trial Identifier available.
To do a search for clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients, check this link: Clinical Trials.gov Be sure to click the very useful "Help" link on that web site
Below are links to clinical trials, that to my knowledge, are currently recruiting patients:
Surgery and Oxaliplatin or Mitomycin C in Treating Patients With Primary Colorectal Tumors or Tumors of the Appendix
National Cancer Institute for the Phase III Randomized Study of Operative Debulking and Systemic Chemotherapy With or Without Intra- and Perioperative Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy in Patients with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis From Low-Grade Gastrointestinal Adenocarcinoma
Continuous Hyperthermic Peritoneal Perfusion With Cisplatin Plus Intraperitoneal Paclitaxel and Fluorouracil Following Surgery in Treating Patients With Peritoneal Cancer
Phase II study of continuous hyperthermic peritoneal perfusion (CHPP) with cisplatin plus intraperitoneal paclitaxel and fluorouracil following surgery in patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis
Thalidomide in Treating Patients Who Have Undergone Surgery and Chemotherapy for Cancer That Has Spread Throughout the Abdomen Due to Colorectal Cancer or Appendix Cancer
Debulking and Chemotherapy with or without Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy to Treat Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Treatment of a Cancerous Disease of the Peritoneum With Complete Cytoreductive Surgery and Intraperitoneal Chemohyperthermia
Treatment of Peritoneal Cancer with Surgery, Perfused Heated Cisplatin and Chemotherapy
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