Clinical trials are an important way of testing the efficacy of new treatment options for cancer patients. Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary and open to anyone who meets the selection criteria outlined in the research protocol. Please note, some clinical trials can use exclusionary criteria such as age, gender, stage of disease or medical history when determining an applicants eligibility to participate in a clinical trial.
Within Victoria new clinical trials must be approved by a Victorian Human Research Ethics Committee before recruitment of volunteers can take place. The approvals process provides participants with assurances that:
• The rights of cancer patients have been carefully considered in the research proposal; and
• Benefits and risks have been rigorously tested against best practice standards.
The Victorian Clinical Trials Link (VCTL) is a searchable portal of all cancer clinical trials in Victoria. It provides quick and easy access to cancer clinical trials for both clinicians and consumers. New and existing clinical trials are updated on the VCTL regularly by Cancer Council Victoria staff. The VCTL houses information about specific treatment intervention clinical trials that are being conducted in Victoria and available to patients, as well as general information and resources about clinical trials
The VCTL comes in two forms; an app which is available to download for your Apple or Android phone and a website which can be accessed by visiting www.cancervic.org.au/trials
For general information on clinical trials operating in Australia please click on the following link:
Australian Clinical Trials