Clinical trials are medical research trials involving people. They can include people with different illnesses and conditions. Sometimes, trials include healthy people who volunteer. Trials are done in all areas of medicine.
This information is for people with cancer. Cancer clinical trials only involve people with cancer and not volunteers.
Thinking about a clinical trial
Your cancer doctor or nurse may ask you to think about a clinical trial when you are first diagnosed. Or they may ask you after you have already had some treatment. They will talk to you about suitable clinical trials for your situation and give you information about them.
You may want to find out for yourself if there are any suitable trials for you. It is important to ask your cancer doctor or nurse for advice. There are different ways to find out about clinical trials.
Not all hospitals can take part or have the expertise to take part in certain trials. This means you may have to travel to a different hospital. To take part in any trial, your cancer doctor or GP needs to refer you to the doctor running the trial in that hospital.