About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are an essential part of the development of modern medicine. They provide evidence of which new medicines might work best for treating cancer, and better routine standards of care. Clinical trials are the only way to test if a new treatment:

  • is safe
  • has side-effects
  • works better than the current treatment available for your particular type of cancer.

Why join a clinical trial?

 

You may receive novel treatments not available outside a clinical trial. This may lead to a new treatment that benefits those with a particular type of cancer. Patients in a clinical trial are closely monitored during the trial.

 

What’s involved in a clinical trial at ACTC?

 

This is a five-step process:

Step 1:       Talk with your specialist.

Step 2:       Your specialist will talk to us about your type of tumour.

Step 3:       If you’re selected, you will meet with ACTC staff at the unit. They will go through your medical history and your current treatment.

Step 4:       If your tumour type fits a trial, we will then go through the informed consent process. This is where we outline the risks and benefits of a trial. It is very important we discuss both with you. Your safety during the trial is a priority.

Step 5:        You will begin the trial, providing it is appropriate for you.

ACTC is in a newly refurbished part of the hospital. It is private, calm and welcoming.  This is where you will be treated, your progress monitored, and you will be given Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs). We have consultation and treatment rooms, and a waiting area for family or friends.

 

How you could take part in a trial

 

Talk to your specialist and ask them to send us a referral.

Please note: we don’t accept self-referrals from patients.

Find out more information about Early Phase trials