We’ve written many times about clinical trials on this blog. Trials tell us which treatments work, and their results boost the progress we’re making in helping to improve cancer survival.
We’re writing about them again now because today is International Clinical Trials Day. As we discussed last year, this commemorates the day back in the 18th century when a doctor called James Lind began trials to try and find out what caused scurvy.
Clinical trials have developed a great deal since then – here’s a short video about taking part in a clinical trial:
There are various activities taking place this week to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day.
For example, Cancer Research UK’s research nurses will be arranging events at hospitals across the UK. Many clinical trials of new treatments would simply not be able to run without these specialist nurses, who play a vital role in making sure cancer patients have access to promising cancer treatments. Cancer Research UK funds more than 200 research nurses around the country.
As well as this, The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a campaign called It’s OK to Ask, encouraging patients to ask questions that will help to keep research at the top of the NHS agenda.
But we also wanted to use today to highlight a unique resource for UK cancer patients – our clinical trials database.