All cancer treatments available today have been proven in clinical trials. This section explains how trials are run, how you might take part in a clinical trial and how a trial might help you.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is an experiment that tests an idea. It could be an idea about how to give a treatment, for example, if a new treatment is safe or how well it works. The treatment being tested can be a drug, a new way of giving radiation or performing an operation, or something as simple as a different way of caring for patients.

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Why can't I just take the new treatment?

We all want the best possible treatment for our family and ourselves. When a “new” medication is mentioned in the newspaper, or on the TV, we take interest, especially if someone we love is currently living with cancer.

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Is a clinical trial right for me?

A clinical trial can be a very good option for treatment if you are suffering cancer. The most obvious reason for considering a clinical trial is obviously to find a treatment that will be best for you. Many patients join a trial hoping that the treatment they can get on a trial is better than the standard that is currently available.

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What are the risks and benefits of taking part in a trial?

When deciding if you want to take part in a trial, it is important to realise that the new treatment might work for you, but it might not.

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How do I find out more about clinical trials?

There is a lot of useful information about clinical trials available online and through kidney cancer patient organisations. Local organisations may best know which trials are open in your region.

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Infographics for study results

Sometimes study results are hard to understand. In this section you can find our patient-friendly infographics for study results.

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Factsheet: Understanding clinical trials

The fact sheets are available to organisations to publish on your own website. They include a ‘Distributed by:’ box on the back that allows each fact sheet to be personalised with your organisation’s logo and stamp.

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