TRICARE covers participation in National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored Phase IEvaluates the safety of a new treatment on patients with advanced cancer not effectively treated with standard care. There are specific requirements for phase I trials. Participation may be approved on a case-by-case basis., Phase IIFocuses on learning whether a new therapy has an anticancer effect. and Phase IIICompares a promising new treatment to the standard approach. studies for all beneficiaries who are selected to participate. Coverage includes:
Clinical trials are research studies that help find ways to prevent, diagnose or treat illnesses and improve health care. When enrolled in these studies, you get care that is considered the latest medicine or therapy, but is not yet approved as standard care.
If your doctor thinks you may benefit from a trial, he or she will:
If you're selected, you'll have an assigned case manager to help you through the process.
TRICARE covers the costs for screening tests to determine eligibility for the clinical trial and the costs of participating in the cancer clinical trials.
These costs vary depending on who you are and what plan you are using. >>Learn More
There are many things to think about when considering enrollment in a cancer trial. Whether at risk for cancer, or recently diagnosed with cancer, you and your loved ones have many choices for care. Here are some questions to help you get started when talking to a doctor about your options through an NCI-sponsored clinical trial.
Last Updated 1/8/2016
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