Clinical trials celebrate a quarter of a century of support

Monday 22 September, 2014

For the 26th year in a row generous Victorians have directly supported the management of clinical trials in their region.

In fact, more than $15 million has been invested into Victorian clinical trial departments since the Clinical Trials Management Scheme began in 1988 with the majority of that investment only possible thanks to donations made to Cancer Council Victoria.

Most recently, $800,000 was distributed this year to 43 hospital sites around the state (see Figure 1 below). This included $600,000 in donations to Cancer Council Victoria and a $100,000 grant each from the Victorian Department of Health and from the Victorian Cancer Agency.

Clinical trials are the best way of testing a new treatment, or seeing whether a particular treatment works better than another. The scheme helps pay for staff to run clinical trials and provide recruitment data. The figures show the number of people taking part in clinical cancer trials in Victoria has grown from 594 people in 1988 to 2021 people last year. In total, more than 37,000 Victorians have elected to take part in a trial over the past 26 years.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said: “Many people with cancer are now living longer, with a better quality of life due to clinical trials. Some of the best clinical trial work in the world is being done here in Victoria and we are incredibly proud to have played a supporting role in that work thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors.”

Figure 1:

Clinical Trials Management Scheme

Go online to www.cancervic.org.au/trials to find out more or to search for a cancer clinical trial in Victoria. Alternatively you can call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 to speak with an oncology nurse or talk to your treating doctor.

Updated: 22 Sep, 2014