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Research and clinical trials: introduction
Cancer research is an essential part of health care. If you have been diagnosed with cancer - or you are the carer of someone with cancer - you might be interested in finding out about a clinical trial or other cancer research you or your family member can participate in.
There are many types of research, including clinical trials of new medicines and population studies about cancer. Trials and research studies increase our knowledge about cancer and help in the search for better outcomes for patients and families.
This information aims to help you make an informed decision about participating in cancer research. It covers:
- general information about different types of research
- getting involved in a clinical trial or research
- practical considerations if you want to participate
- how you can be assured that research studies are safe and reliable.
We hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about more questions you want to ask your doctors or other health care professionals.
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Each Understanding Cancer series booklet is reviewed and updated every two years or as new information comes to hand. The Cancer Council works with cancer doctors, specialist nurses or other relevant health professionals to ensure the medical information is reliable and up to date. Consumers also check the booklets to see they meet the needs of people with cancer.
Before commencing any health treatment, always consult your doctor. This booklet is intended as a general introduction and should not be seen as a substitute for your own doctor's or health professional's advice. All care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate at the time of publication.