Clinical Trials

 

Clinical trials are studies into new types of medical care, treatment or a combination of both. Clinical trials can be diverse and may explore the biological, psychological or financial effects of a new treatment or they may focus on the prevention or diagnosis of an illness.

The development of clinical trials in cancer care is extremely important as a way of exploring and deciding the most effective and efficient means of treating cancer. This is crucial in the light of the number of new drugs and treatments which are constantly being developed. All research studies are ethically approved nationally and locally and are carried out according to the EU directive for medicinal products, NHS Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.'

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​A pioneering cancer specialist is using 3D technology to show his patients where the tumour is. Dr Josep Sule-Suso, associate specialist and senior lecturer in Oncology, helps patients understand their cancer and how it is treated.

Dr Sule-Suso said: "This 3D technology really is remarkable. We can sit the patient down one to one with the consultant or with their family and bring up a 3D image of their body and the position of the tumour. You can really get them to understand why they will suffer particular side effects from the treatment. Someone with a prostate tumour will have treatments that will affect other organs like the bladder.

"​We can show the patient the 3D image of the tumour by zooming in and out and rotating the 3D image so they can understand why neighbouring organs are affected. On the screen the patient can see where they will have to lie down under the Linac machine while they receive their treatment. Using the 3D imagery we can help patients understand the treatment environment or why they might hear funny noises when the machine moves around them."