What is a clinical trial? – new video series

Discover what it means to take part in a cancer treatment clinical trial with this new video series

The Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit (EPCTU) is a specialist unit that supports the transition of cancer research findings into clinical applications for helping treat cancer.

The unit integrates oncology and haematology findings and applies them through clinical trials, with around 150 patients per year recruited into novel cancer therapies. By taking part in the clinical trials, the patients help to contribute to discovering new, more efficient or patient-focused treatments for their type of cancer in the future.

What should I expect?

When a patient is referred to EPCTU, they are often given a lot of information about what it means to be involved in the clinical trial process. This information can often be over-whelming, and in response to a patient satisfaction survey, the EPCTU created the following video series so that patients can better understand the process and how clinical trials effect their daily lives.

Video 1 – before the trial

The first video below touches on the aspects that influence a patient’s consideration in taking part in a clinical trial. Clinical trials deal with new, innovative treatments, and as such, are part of a clinical learning curve.

The video below touches on topics such as time frames and how you can expect to receive information. It’s important to give clinical trials proper consideration and understand what will happen at every stage, before reaching the later screening and eligibility process.

 

 

Video 2 – taking part

The second video is about what to expect after the screening process, once a patient has been recruited onto the trial.

Clinical trials can take a long time, both in the treatment process and the requirements later down the line after treatment. The second video in the series, seen below, outlines what to expect once you are on a trial and the benefits of seeing the trial to the very end.

 

Video 3 – trials at the EPCTU

The final video of the series, coming soon, will explain further about the EPCTU and the facilities in the centre.

It is designed for new patients to find the unit’s location and know where to find everything that they will need during the trial process.

Be sure to check back to our website homepage or this news article to see the final video in the series.