A major philosophy of the cancer unit is that we should ensure that treatments that are given are proven and are at the cutting edge of current standard treatments within the UK and elsewhere.
In order to ensure that this is the case we aim to participate in appropriate clinical trials of new treatments.These are nearly always given in the context of national trials supported by bodies such as the Medical Research Council and often allow access to new and active treatments before they are generally available through the licensing system.
Whilst participation in a clinical trial is not compulsory, and alternative standard treatments will always be offered, when possible these will be offered to suitable patients.
A number of staff are employed specifically to help with clinical trials and will be able to support any patients with information and care if they are considering participation.
Denise Hancock and Tracy WoodSenior Research Sisters