Cancer FAQs

About MatchTrial

What is MatchTrial?

MatchTrial is the first mobile solution that gives you access to the most innovative cancer treatments in the research phase through an app. Just enter the diagnosis info and MatchTrial will show you the cancer clinical trials that match. This way, you can ask to join the clinical trial that most suits your patient.

Why should I register?

MatchTrial gives you access to all the information on active cancer clinical trials and gives you a complete vision of treatments in the research phase.

Is it safe?

Your security is our top priority. All of your data is encrypted and processed according to Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December, on the Protection of Personal Data (LOPD).

What happens to my data?

The data you enter is stored in our system. It is only shared with the centres where you have chosen to apply to a trial and, in this case, they are blind reports, meaning they can’t see your name or personal details.

Do I have to answer the questionnaire?

To participate in the trials, you have to answer as many questions as possible. This way, MatchTrial can analyse the number of criteria you meet more accurately and decide whether your profile fits a certain trial.

Who is the app for?

The app is for anyone interested in discovering alternatives to conventional cancer therapies, whether patients, relatives or oncologists.

How do you look for trials that match my diagnosis?

The system screens the database of cancer clinical trials based on your diagnosis and the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the trials.

Can I put in more than one diagnosis?

Yes, users can enter more than one diagnosis. In that case, the app will filter the cancer trials by the diagnosis selected.

What documents do I need to be able to answer the questionnaire?

Your diagnosis from your medical centre and most recent tests results.

Are there only cancer clinical trials?

In the first phase, MatchTrial only includes cancer clinical trials. In the future it will incorporate other conditions.

What do these icons mean?

X        You don’t meet one of the inclusion or exclusion criteria.

✓        You meet one of the inclusion or exclusion criteria.

⚠        This is a required field. You must respond to obligatory questions.

?         Obligatory question.

Information about clinical trials

Are clinical trials voluntary?

Yes, the decision to participate in a clinical trial is totally personal and voluntary.

Is there any cost to participate in a clinical trial?

Participants are not charged for the treatment received during the clinical trial. However, depending on the trial sponsor, you may or may not be reimbursed for travel and accommodations expenses incurred. All this information will be provided before starting the study.

Is it safe to participate in a clinical trial?

Trial protocols must be approved by the AEMPS (Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Products) and drug research ethics committees, which ensure patient safety.

Patients’ rights, safety and wellbeing are always the top priority and your data will be completely confidential.

Why are there trials of diverse types of cancer?

It can be due to two cases:

The trial is aimed at more than one type of cancer. For example, there are trials aimed at treating gastric and colorectal tumors, in this case it would be defined as a study for several types.
It is a “basket” type clinical trial directed at a genetic mutation. In this type of trial, the drugs seek to attack a specific mutation and not a specific type of tumor. Therefore, people who have different tumors with the same mutation can apply.

How long will the cancer clinical trial last?

Cancer clinical trials can last years, depending on the study protocol and how it progresses.

How many appointments will I have to have?

The number of appointments necessary to complete a clinical trial depends on the treatment. The researcher will give you this information after you have been selected.

Who sponsors clinical trials?

Clinical trial sponsors tend to be pharmaceutical companies, hospitals or even independent doctors with their own research division.

My cancer diagnosis

Is it necessary to introduce the location?

We use the location to show you the closest hospitals. If you don’t want to enter it, the location of your mobile device will be used.

Can I change the data I entered on the questionnaire before?

Yes, all your diagnoses are saved in your profile and you can go into them whenever you need change them. Launch the app and go to your “Profile” and then “Diagnoses”.

How much time does it take to find the trials?

We need to compare your diagnosis data with the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the more than 800 clinical trials in our database. Therefore, the application will take a few minutes to show you the result. You will receive a notification when the search process is complete and we have found the trials related to your diagnosis.

Do I have to participate if I’ve signed up for a cancer clinical trial?

No, you can withdraw at any time during the process.

What happens if I can’t make any of the proposed appointment times?

If you can’t make any of the proposed appointment times, you can request another option. Or, you can always contact us and we’ll get you an appointment that suits your schedule.

After accepting an appointment, can I change it?

No problem. Just contact us and we’ll reschedule for you.

Do I have to follow a certain protocol for attending the first medical appointment?

After you set up your appointment, you’ll get an email with everything you need to know when you go in.

My account

Why do I have to enter my phone number?

It is a way to validate and check that it isn’t a fake user. Plus, that way we will be able to contact you if something important comes up.

Why do I have to give you all my personal data?

We need your personal data to set up your profile and, if you decide to participate in a trial, for the medical centre to contact you.

Can I delete my account?

You can delete your account any time from your profile or by contacting customer service.

How can I get my username or password if I forget them?

You can get a reminder of your username and password on the start page of the app. If you have any problems, contact customer service.

If I have questions, how can I contact you?

You can contact us by email at info@matchtrial.health or phone on +34 93 160 00 48.

Glossary

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is the basis for developing a new drug that can later be commercialised or administered to patients diagnosed with that disease in the future. To do so, a study is conducted with volunteers who help scientists discover new therapies and play an active part in scientific research.

Clinical trials can last several years and have various phases.

What are inclusion and exclusion criteria of clinical trials?

Inclusion criteria are the factors a patient must have to qualify for the trial. For example, inclusion criteria can include sex, age, having a certain disease or specific test results.

Exclusion criteria are the factors that disqualify a patient from participating in the study. For example, depending on the trial requirements, exclusion criteria can include sex, age, type or phase of the disease and having or not having other diseases.

What is screening?

Screening is a series of tests done before starting the study to make sure patients meet all the established inclusion criteria and none of the exclusion criteria. If you meet all the criteria, the process will continue.

What is a placebo?

A placebo is a substance without any pharmacological effect that is used as a control to compare the molecule being studied against. Not all clinical trials use them and they are rare in cancer trials. However, in other types of clinical trials they can be used to prove the efficacy of the treatment studied.

What are the lymph nodes?

The lymph nodes are responsible for transporting lymph, a fluid that contains lymphocytes, responsible for the immune response. They are distributed throughout the body, although they abound in specific areas such as the armpits, groin, neck and abdomen. When the tumor begins to spread, it often affects nearby lymph nodes, known as lymph node involvement.

What is a comorbidity?

Comorbidities are one or more additional conditions a person may have that could interfere with the disease the study focuses on, in this case cancer.

What is a mutation?

A mutation is an alteration in the DNA sequence that normally occurs spontaneously. However, it can also be induced by mutagenic factors such as radiation, some chemical substances or viruses. In most cases, mutations are neutral, so they have no effect on the individual survival or reproduction.  In other cases, mutations can cause changes in genes that alter the normal functioning of the body, leading to diseases such as cancer.

Want access to cancer clinical trials?

Soon you’ll be able to download the app for iOS and Android

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