Finding out about on-going trials

Your specialist doctor or nurse can tell you about trials that may be suitable for you and give you advice. You can also talk to one of our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00 for information about on-going trials in the UK. You can search for trials in the UK on websites such as:

Trials abroad

It is sometimes possible to take part in a trial in a country outside the UK. This might mean you need to pay for the treatment as well as travel costs, which can be expensive. Try to get as much information as possible about the trial from trustworthy sources and websites.

Trials that happen abroad may not be regulated in the same strict way as trials in the UK.

It is a good idea to be cautious of trials that are run by small clinics rather than research hospitals. Be careful to avoid trials that offer ‘miracle cures’. These are unlikely to help you and they are often expensive.

You can search for trials abroad on websites such as the US website National Cancer Institute. This website also lists UK trials.

Future research

Researchers set up new trials all the time. Some of the organisations that set up trials include:

Many of these organisations have patient groups that help choose areas that need further research. Cancer specialists know there are gaps in their understanding in areas such as diagnosing and treating cancer. But patients, their families and friends have views on other areas of their care that need more research. If you have any thoughts about research that might be useful, talk to your doctor or nurse.

The organisation INVOLVE has information and advice about how you can get involved with research.

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Safety in clinical trials

All clinical trials must meet high standards of practice, be approved by an ethics committee and closely monitored for safety.