Ending cancers as we know them includes strengthening research capacity and making cancer clinical trial accessible to all, wherever they live.
The Cancer Institute NSW is committed to supporting cancer clinical trials through funding and strong partnerships with research professionals and communities. Built on equity, person-centredness and collaboration principles, we
- Invest in cancer research infrastructure
- Enhance access to and participation in cancer clinical trials
- Build the capability of the clinical trials workforce
Clinical trials at a glance
Clinical trials are a type of research study involving people who volunteer to test new ways to treat, care, and improve people’s health. Successful clinical trials can lead to new treatments and care for patients.
Clinical trials may:
- compare a new treatment to a standard treatment that is already available,
- compare a new treatment to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or
- study a new treatment without a comparison.
What do clinical trials do?
Clinical trials are used to find out if a treatment or care:
Is safe to use
Has any side effects
Works better than a standard treatment
Makes you feel better
Without clinical trials, researchers would not be able to find better ways to care for people with cancer or other health conditions.
Involvement in clinical trials
Medical breakthroughs are the result of the work of many people willing to devote time and energy toward a greater good. They include doctors, heath care professionals, and patients.
Participation in clinical trials benefits both patients and community.
Find more information about participating in a clinical trial >
Safety during a clinical trial
Clinical trials are carefully designed by scientists and doctors, and they must be approved by an ethics committee before they can start recruiting patient volunteers. The approval ensures the research is performed in a way that protects the rights and welfare of the participants.