Various professional organizations are currently actively working with government regulatory bodies (FDA, NCI, NHI), research institutions, pharmaceutical companies and patient advocacy and protection groups to bolster the infrastructure and streamline the cancer clinical trial process.
The current overwhelming need is to provide the public at large, and cancer patients and their caregivers in particular, relevant and timely information regarding advances in cancer research and the many treatment options that are available. In addition, access to support groups, research institutions, specialized cancer treatment centers and alternative treatment centers are other important resources to acquire information.
The Angels of Hope Cancer Information Resource's mandate is to provide the communication channels through which information can be accumulated and disseminated to educate all segments of the public-both those in need of treatment as well as those who just want to be informed.
One such channel will be a single, comprehensive website that will provide quality, practical information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. This will encompass a complete and comprehensive database of all open and active clinical trials in the United States (both NCI and privately funded/sponsored) with a "translator" to explain to patients in easy to understand plain English the medical terms employed for their treatment options as well as several other practical and relevant information resources and services.
Another project the Foundation is currently working on is the creation of a search engine that would bring all quality cancer related informational sites under one easy to access umbrella enabling the information seeker to quickly identify the sites most relevant to their needs.
In addition to the Internet, projects directed at other media and communication channels are being worked on in order to achieve the objective of educating and providing quality information that will reach all segments of the population including minorities, the illiterate, the poor and the elderly.
Providing transportation assistance to a clinical trial through frequent flyer miles and discounted hotel rooms/airfares is another area that the Foundation will assist patients and aid in trial accrual thus helping the patient and furthering the science in the process.