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Research and clinical trials

What are Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is a research study that tests different ways of improving people's health. Clinical trials aim to find out if new treatments or procedures are safe and effective. All new drugs are tested in the laboratory first before being tested on people.

Cancer clinical trials are designed to test new ways to:
  • treat
  • find and diagnose
  • prevent and
  • manage symptoms of cancer or side effects from its treatment

Online registers of cancer trials and research resources

Victorian Cancer Trials

  • a searchable database of cancer clinical trials conducted in Victoria
  • includes trials for children and young people
  • further information on youth cancer available from the Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Service

Cancer Trials Australia - Clinical Trials Register

  • a searchable register of cancer clinical trials open for patient participation that is updated monthly
  • patients should contact their doctor in relation to these trials
  • doctors should contact the Victorian institution nominated

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

Cochrane Community

  • a global independent network of health practitioners, research, consumers and others
  • makes evidence generated through research useful for informed decisions about health
Cochrane Reviews
  • systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy
  • investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation
  • assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting
  • published online in the Cochrane Library

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

  • use of the law for cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research
  • conducts research, policy development and capacity building
  • connecting the law with cancer control researchers and advocates
  • joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria and the Union for International Cancer Control