Finding trial results

It can take a while to get trial results. Usually results are available in 2–5 years, but sometimes it can take 10 years or more.

How will results be available?

  • Published in medical journals
  • Presented at conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Ask your doctor – the participation information you read at the beginning of the trial and the informed consent document you signed often say how the results will be available. You may want to ask your doctor what the results mean. When research teams analyse trial results, they look at end points. Examples of end points are whether a cancer has shrunk (response to treatment) or how long it is before the cancer starts to grow again (duration of response).

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