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 specified 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.
All 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:
• Rights of cancer patients have been carefully considered in the research proposal; and
• Benefits and risks have been rigorously tested against best-practice standards.
For general information on clinical trials operating in Australia please click on the following link:
Australian Clinical Trials