These are research studies, which compare new or different treatment with existing ones.
If a patient is asked to join a clinical trial, they are entirely free to choose whether or not to take part in it. The clinical nurse specialist, and specially trained research nurses, will provide the information needed to make that decision.
When ever someone is diagnosed with cancer or a condition that sometimes leads to cancer, all the relevant data is recorded. Hospitals and doctors are allowed by law to pass this information on to the local cancer registry. More information can be found on the United Kingdom Association of Cancer Registries website.
For information about current trials active in the Sussex Cancer Network contact the SCRN Manager:
Or view the SCRN portfolio of research trials
You can also visit the NHS Choices website for more information.
The below video tells Sheila's story. When Sheila was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, her GP suggested she join a clinical trial for a new breast cancer drug. Sheila explains her decision process, how the trial was explained to her, and any doubts or safety concerns she had.