Are clinical trials happening? If so where and how can I get involved?
Clinical trials are an important way to improve treatment for people with cancer. If a clinical trial proves that a test or treatment is more effective than existing options, it may become the new standard of care for patients in the future. A trial can also identify potential risks and side effects. Clinical trials can offer early access to potentially beneficial treatment to cancer patients.
Clinical trials often run out of hospitals, which means they may be busier than usual due to COVID-19. This could affect their ability to continue the usual clinical trial programs. If the conditions of the clinical trial change, trial participants will continue to have access to treatment of their disease that is high quality, safe and effective. Anyone concerned about disruptions to clinical trials participation or access to treatment should discuss this with their doctor or the clinical trials coordinator.
If you would like to get involved in a clinical trial, you can ask your treatment team or GP if they are aware of any trials that could be available and appropriate to you. If not, they should be able to put you in touch with the local clinical trials or research nurse to find out if there are any suitable studies for you to consider.
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