Clinical trials are a crucial type of research to find new and better ways of detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancer. Clinical trials aim to improve your treatment options and your quality of life.
There are many different types of clinical trial. Some are interventional – for example, asking a patient to take a new experimental drug that researchers hope will potentially have fewer side effects or prolong life compared to existing treatments. Others may be observational, seeking to collect information about how patients respond to other elements of treatment – for example, looking to see whether increased exercise or changes in diet can assist with the management of a particular disease.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial being run at a Ramsay Cancer Care Centre.
Each clinical trial is designed with a specific set of criteria for who is eligible to join. These criteria may include factors such as the type of cancer you have, your age and your overall wellbeing.
If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial, your Care Team can search for a trial that is suitable for you. You can also search for suitable clinical trials through the Australian Clinical Trials website.
You can read more about Ramsay Health Care’s dedication to research and our National Clinical Trials Network here.
Research does not have to take the form of a clinical trial. Many different types of research projects are undertaken at Ramsay Cancer Care.
This research may look at things like preventing diseases, improving patient comfort and quality of life, and larger population studies looking a trends and patterns for cancer in certain groups of people.
With the aim and commitment to improve patient outcomes, Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation is proud to fund essential and innovative research.
You can read more about Ramsay Health Care’s dedication to research at the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation