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Referring a Patient

NCI's trial-related treatment does not replace the care of a patient's regular physician/health care professional. The NCI:

  • Encourages patients to maintain close contact with their physicians/health care professionals to ensure continuity of care
  • Generates a letter updating the referring physician/health care professional after each patient visit
  • Emphasizes the exchange of clinical information between investigators and community-based physicians/health care professionals

CCR Clinical Trials at NIH

CCR Clinical Trials at NIH

 To make a referral, follow one of the two procedures outlined below:

  1. Identify trials appropriate for your patient by reviewing the CCR clinical trial summaries (click here).
  2. Contact a member of the research team listed on the trial summary of a particular trial for more information or to discuss a screening visit.


  1. Call the NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office at 1-888-NCI-1937 or email Laura Otten or Cynthia Helsabeck with your patient's medical history.
  2. Have the Clinical Trials Referral Office staff conduct a trial search and assist you in the preliminary evaluation of your patient's eligibility.
  3. Have the Clinical Trials Referral Office staff either forward the information to the research teams of appropriate trials or provide you with contact information for appropriate investigators.

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