Finding out about clinical trials can be a problem for cancer patients, with many reporting that their GPs and consultants do not discuss the possibility of taking part in trials. In a survey last year by The Brain Tumour Charity and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), 73% of the brain tumour patients surveyed said their medical teams did not raise the subject of clinical trials at all.
In an effort to overcome this lack of information and to encourage more patients to take part in clinical trials, The Brain Tumour Charity has developed a clinical trials database that lets users search for brain tumour clinical trials anywhere in the world. The database provides accurate, up-to-date information about trials and is supported by a telephone helpline.
Kate Kershaw, head of support and information at The Brain Tumour Charity, said of the database:
The creation of this database is empowering people through information. It may be that they find there are no clinical trials suitable for them but at least they will know that, rather than wondering whether there is a trial out there that they could be taking part in.