“The opportunity to get a better quality of life, the opportunity of extending your time here with friends and family – I think a lot of people would take that chance to take part in a trial.”
- Melanoma clinical trial participant, Greg
Finding information about locally occurring clinical trials has been made easier with an online portal, Victorian Cancer Trials Link. The website provides users with the ability to search for treatment clinical trials recruiting across Victoria, including those run out of rural and regional hospitals.
We have now added videos of people talking about their personal experience of what it was like to be involved in a clinical trial. Greg, Peter, Tash and Ilka share their stories on what guided their participation in a clinical trial as well as the benefits and challenges. These videos may help with any concerns you have and assist in your decision-making to pursue treatment on clinical trials.
We often receive enquiries from patients and their families about clinical trials and encourage them to talk to their medical team about being involved. The Victorian Cancer Trials Link website has a downloadable list of questions to take to your doctor, and general information about cancer clinical trials.
We can also offer a free one-to-one telephone support service, to connect people considering participating in a clinical trial with someone who has previously gone through this experience. It provides an opportunity to talk about your concerns and gain a better understanding of what to expect. Trial Connect volunteers are unable to comment on specific trials or outcomes and all conversations are confidential.
Round Three of the Venture Grants Research Program at the Isabella Fraser room at the State Library Victoria.
Thursday 17 December 2020
In the lead up to holiday season, we’re encouraging Aussies to avoid using aerosol sunscreens following new evidence that it’s extremely difficult to get good levels of UV protection from these products.
Having a catch up with loved ones over tea and cake feels even more special after the events of this year. And now, you can share a morning tea with friends and family while helping people facing cancer.
As Victoria’s restrictions ease and many of us look forward to a break and time with loved ones over the festive season, for people affected by cancer this can be a particularly difficult time of year.
Gay knows all too well what it means to be a cancer carer, having cared for two partners through their diagnoses. And while being a cancer carer is never easy, for Gay it came with an extra burden: her own cancer diagnosis.