A clinical trial is a medical research study involving people. Trials help us to find better ways of treating the different kinds of childhood cancer. They allow us to test new treatments and ways of controlling symptoms, or to investigate new ways of preventing or diagnosing cancer.
Clinical trials usually involve patients and there are very clear guidelines about which patients are eligible for a trial. It is important that the patient is an exact match to these criteria, and that the patients or parents agree to take part.
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'A Guide to Clinical Trials'
If you think you or your child may be eligible for a clinical trial, please discuss this with your doctor.
When trials have been completed and analysed, the results are written up and submitted to medical journals for publication so that the findings are disseminated to the rest of the medical community. Summaries of some published trials can be freely downloaded from our website.