Facts about cancer clinical trials

Cancer clinical trials information for people affected by cancer. 

Victorian Cancer Trials Link is here to provide information about clinical trials and practical support for people considering participating in a trial.

What is a cancer clinical trial?

A cancer clinical trial is a research study that examines if new ways of preventing, screening for, diagnosing or treating cancer work better than what is currently being used and is safe. Most clinical trials in Victoria are treatment trials.

Cancer researchers recruit volunteers to participate in clinical trials to test how well new approaches work and to see if there are any problems or side effects.

If the new way is proven to provide a better outcome for people, it may become the standard of care for people with cancer in the future.

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Clinical trials explained

Learn about the role and value of clinical trials through this video produced by the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance.

Supporting clinical trials information

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Get support

Like with any cancer treatment, you may find during your cancer clinical trials that you have questions, need further information and support or even want to talk to someone who has been through a similar trials experience (peer support).

Find out more

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The Victorian Cancer Trials Link is supported by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency.


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