Frequently asked questions
About clinical trial
Oncoshot's unique trial search methodology
Searching for trials on oncoshot
What is Oncoshot?
This FREE TO USE platform directly connects patients with trial sponsors and institutes to facilitate rapid trial enrollment.
Find out more about Oncoshot here: www.oncoshot.com/about
What is Oncoshot's mission?
Patients and caregivers access high value recommendations FOR FREE and data sharing with healthcare institutes and trials sponsors for clinical trials is PATIENT INITIATED AND PATIENT CONTROLLED.
Do I have to pay to use Oncoshot?
What is Oncoshot's business model?
Oncoshot is never paid a bounty for enrolling a patient into a trial.
How is Oncoshot different from other Cancer Trial matching platforms?
2. We rank trials based on eligibility criteria-based matching scores and allow for filters based on specific strategies that are employed in cancer care- such as precision medicine, immunotherapy and combinations, and locoregional therapies.
Is what Oncoshot is doing legal?
How do I know that Oncoshot is a legitimate business?
Do I have control over my personal and health data on Oncoshot?
Why does Oncoshot ask for my personal information such as age and location?
Who has access to my personal data?
Will my patient information be collected?
However, under certain circumstances, we will collect and process your medical information when this is required and necessary for Oncoshot's medical team to provide you with optimal service, but only after you have expressly given us permission to do so. Your medical information will be stored in a protected and secure IT-system only accessible to Oncoshot’s team members that are providing support.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Participating in a Clinical Trial can enable patients to be treated with a medicine before it is approved. There is, however, no guarantee that a medicine which is still in clinical development will improve a patient's condition.
Please read more about clinical trials here (link to blogpost)"
How is the safety of the participant protected?
What is informed consent?
Please note that the provision of informed consent is eventually undertaken with your trial sponsor and not Oncoshot.
Who sponsors clinical trials?
Does a participant continue to work with a primary health care provider while in a trial?
When is the best time to search for clinical trials?
Who is responsible for the costs of care for people taking part in a clinical trial?
1) routine care costs and 2) research costs.
What are routine care costs?
There are differences in routine costs across countries depending on the specific healthcare delivery model.
What are research care costs?
Are Clinical Trials only an option for people who have exhausted all treatment?
What are Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria?
Are there important differences between Clinical Trials in cancer compared to other diseases?
Am I just a 'human guinea pig' in a clinical trial?
Do I have to finish a clinical trial?
Am I told everything about a trial before starting?
- The trial's purpose,
- What's required of you,
- The risks and benefits,
- Protection of your privacy,
- Coverage of costs, and
- Other options for care.
Is a clinical trial only for when there are no other options?
Can only patients with advanced cancer join a clinical trial?
What is randomization?
What is clinical equipoise?
What is a placebo?
What is the placebo effect?
How often are placebos used in cancer clinical trials?
Can I know which treatment I am getting?
What costs do I have to pay for in a clinical trial?
What happens to me when the clinical trial is over?
How is Oncoshot's trial search different from other clinical trial search engines?
Oncoshot's methodology filters irrelevant trials that current diagnosis and stage limited matching engines are unable to filter."
Is the matching algorithm on Oncoshot unique?
From which sources does the trial data in Oncoshot come from?
How does Oncoshot process public data to show on its platform?
How recent is the information listed on Oncoshot?
How can I find a trial that I can participate in?
What can I do if I am unable to answer the questions required accurately?
Do you charge a fee for using the support staff?
This is a reasonable fee given the time it requires for an experienced Oncologist to read through the details of your medical history. You may alternatively, enlist the assist of your own Oncologist to assist you with completing the questionnaire.
Are there other alternatives by which i can get assistance to fill up the questionnaire?
Will searching for trials on Oncoshot create problems between me and my Oncologist?
The current landscape for cancer trials is rapidly increasing in complexity and it is becoming an increasing challenge for Oncologists to keep track of new trials that are being opened outside their area of practice. We aim to provide you with highly valuable information on available trials which you can now bring to your oncologist and discuss about. Sharing features within our platform allow you to directly print out or email the list of shortlisted trials for further discussion with your oncologist before you decide to connect with trial contacts.