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What are the diffferent types of research?

There are numerous research studies and clinical trials open at any one time and each one has its own aims.

For example:

  • test new treatments, such as new chemotherapy drugs
  • look at new combinations of existing treatments, or change the way they’re given, to make them more effective or reduce side effects
  • compare the effectiveness of drugs used to control symptoms
  • find out how cancer treatments work
  • look at improving the quality of life and services for children and young people who have been treated for cancer
  • look at the biology of cancer and its treatment
  • find out which treatments are the most cost-effective

Trials are the only reliable way to find out if a different type of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other treatment is better than what is already available.