Finding out about current trials

It can sometimes be difficult to find a trial to take part in. Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse should be able to tell you about trials in your area and they may know of other trials that might be suitable for you. Not all hospitals have the facilities or expertise to take part in some trials, so you may have to travel to a different hospital.

If you’ve been invited to take part in a clinical trial, you may be introduced to a research nurse. They can tell you all about the trial and answer your questions.

If you would like to find out about other trials that may be suitable, our cancer support specialists can give you information about current trials available nationwide.

You can search for trials in the UK on websites, such as:

It can sometimes be possible to take part in a trial abroad. This may mean that you have to pay for the treatment as well as your travel costs, which can be very expensive. Try to get as much information as possible about the trials from trustworthy sources and websites. It’s a good idea to be wary of trials run by small clinics rather than research hospitals and to avoid trials offering ‘miracle cures’, often at great expense, as these are unlikely to help you.

You can discuss any trials with your cancer specialist who can give you further advice. Trials conducted abroad may not be regulated in the same way as trials in the UK.

You can search for trials abroad on websites, such as:

Back to Can and should I take part?

Benefits and risks

There are benefits and risks to taking part in a clinical trial.

Questions to ask

You may like to ask your doctor or nurse some questions before deciding whether to take part in a clinical trial.

Safety in clinical trials

Your safety will be closely monitored if you take part in a clinical trial.

Taking part in a trial

Clinical trials are confidential and you won’t be entered into one without giving your consent.