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Cancer Services

RUH Cancer Services


Cancer Research at the RUH

What are clinical trials?

Clinical Trials are research studies into new types of medical care or combinations of medical care. Trials can be diverse. For instance, they may explore the biological, psychological or financial effects of a new treatment or they may focus on the prevention or diagnosis of an illness.

The development of clinical trials in cancer care is extremely important as a means of exploring and deciding on the most effective and efficient means of treating cancer. This is particularly important in the light of the multitude of new drugs and treatments which are constantly being developed.

The Clinical Trials Team co-ordinates and supports both national and in-house Oncology and Haematology clinical research studies for clinicians involved in cancer care at the Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust.

The team ensures that people who are involved in research studies have relevant information, support during and after treatment and the necessary follow-up appointments. We also ensure that Clinical Trials are organised and approved according to national regulations and guidelines and that the information collected in processed correctly to give accurate findings.

If you are eligible for a study that we are running, a member of the Clinical Trials Team will discuss it with you in detail. Participation is voluntary, and if you decide not to participate, this will not influence your treatment in any way.

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