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Some are started by the government-funded Medical Research Council (MRC)| or the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)| , and some by charities such as Cancer Research UK|. Clinical trials are also set up by international organisations or drug companies.
Many of these organisations have patient groups that help to decide on areas that need further research. Cancer specialists are usually aware of the gaps in their understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, but patients, their families and friends may see other aspects of their care that need further research. If you have any thoughts about research that might be useful, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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