What role does research play at The Royal Marsden?

Research is an important part of developing better treatments for cancer. Many specialist centres like The Royal Marsden take part in clinical trials or research studies.

These trials may be assessing the effectiveness of a new treatment compared to a standard treatment. If the new treatment produces better results or offers fewer side effects, it could go on to be widely used for all people with a particular cancer.

How does this involve me?

You may be asked if you would like to take part in a clinical trial, for example, to test the benefits of a new or improved type of chemotherapy.

If a clinical trial is an appropriate treatment option in your case, your consultant will discuss it with you to help you decide whether or not you want to take part. The booklet Clinical Trials gives more detailed information and is available in information racks throughout the hospital.

As insurance policies can differ you will need to speak to your insurer about whether the trial is covered by your individual policy.

There are several national cancer information organisations which can let you know about clinical trials currently in progress or provide links to online clinical trial databases.