Taking part in a clinical trial

Your doctor may suggest that you consider taking part in a clinical trial. You could also ask if there is a clinical trial for your particular kind of cancer.

Clinical trials are a vital part of the search to find better treatments for cancer, to test new or modified treatments and to see if they are better than existing treatments.

Many people all over the world have taken part in clinical trials that have improved cancer treatments. However, the decision to take part in a clinical trial is yours.

If you are asked to take part in a clinical trial, make sure that you fully understand the reasons for the trial and what it means for your treatment.

For more information, contact your local Cancer Society for a copy of our booklet Taking Part in Cancer Clinical Trials: A guide for people considering taking part in a clinical trial.

You can read this booklet on the Society's website or get a copy by phoning the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237.)