Pancreatic cancer patients who participate in clinical research have better outcomes. Every treatment available today was approved through a clinical trial. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends clinical trials at diagnosis and during every treatment decision.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that investigate new treatments or new combinations of treatments. Pancreatic cancer clinical trials are necessary to determine whether new treatments developed in the laboratory are beneficial to people living with pancreatic cancer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews and analyzes data from successful clinical trials to determine whether an experimental treatment should be approved for a specific disease or disorder, such as pancreatic cancer.

In the fight against pancreatic cancer, clinical trials often provide the best treatment options, and they give patients early access to cutting-edge treatments that can lead to progress in research, improved treatment options and better outcomes.

How do I find a pancreatic cancer clinical trial?

We maintain the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of pancreatic cancer clinical trials available in the United States. There are two ways you can access this free information to receive available clinical trials that match your specific needs.

Patient Services Case Managers

Our Case Managers can run a search for you and provide a personalized list of clinical trials that match what you need. They will base the search on information you provide, such as how far you’re willing to travel, your diagnosis, and your treatment history.

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Clinical Trial Finder

Start your own search using our Clinical Trial Finder. Enter your information in this easy-to-use online tool to receive a list of clinical trials that match what you need. You can select the trials you’re interested in and request additional information from our Case Managers.

Search Trials

Our PanCAN Patient Services Case Managers are available to talk through your personalized clinical trials information. They can provide in-depth details and answer any questions you may have. Then, discuss search results with your healthcare team to determine if a clinical trial is the right option for you.


See why the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends clinical trials at diagnosis and during every treatment decision.

Clinical Trials Resources

Request a clinical trial booklet

Request our free patient education packet, which includes our booklet, Clinical Trials: Understanding How Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials Work.

With each treatment decision that’s being made, everybody should be asking themselves, ‘Should I participate in a clinical trial?’ and they should be asking their doctor the same question.

Jordan Berlin, MD

Professor of Cancer Research – Vanderbilt University at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Associate Director, Clinical Investigation Strategy and Shared Resources
Scientific and Medical Advisory Board Member – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


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