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Cancer Research UK clinical trials database

The contact details for the Cancer Research UK information nurses are on each summary on the trials database. They can talk through the trial with you and tell you where it is taking place. So if you would prefer to discuss a trial with someone before you approach your own doctor, you can ring or email them. But only your own doctor, who has all your medical details, can check for sure whether a trial is suitable for you and refer you to the doctor running the trial.

People sometimes ask us if the information nurses can register their interest in trials. Unfortunately this is not something you can do via our website or the information nurses. You need to speak to your own doctor.

When researchers plan a trial, they have to work out how they will find the people to take part. Very often it will be cancer specialists who ask people if they would be willing to take part. But sometimes GPs or other health care professionals may invite people to take part in studies.

Most studies have very strict entry conditions called eligibility criteria. This is to make sure the people taking part are as similar as possible. Occasionally, studies are designed to include a wide range of people and the researchers might ask a large number of people from a particular area of the country, or from GP practices.

Remember – if you see a trial you are interested in on our trials database, print off the page and take it to your own doctor to discuss.

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