Clinical Trials

The Northern Trust conducts clinical trials and studies aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients and those at risk of developing cancer.

Within the Trust there are two research nurses, employed to offer cancer clinical trials to both haematology and oncology patients.

Currently the Trust offers clinical trials in Antrim hospital to patients with Colorectal Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, T Cell Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma.

There are many different types of trials, (screening, genetics, prevention, surgery, radiotherapy and drug trials). The Trust hopes to be able to offer more trials in the near future in a wider variety of disease areas.

Referrals can be made from Antrim Area Hospital for any patient wishing to take part in a clinical trial that is not currently on offer here but is available at the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital site.

Why do we cancer clinical trials?

  • To advance our knowledge of cancer and cancer management
  • To produce a scientific evidence base for treatment decisions
  • Patient benefits in outcome, treatment and care
  • To determine the values of new treatments compared to existing treatments
  • Basis for drug licensing
  • To avoid ineffective treatments
  • Requirement of the NHS – 10% of all cancer patients should be on a clinical trial

Aim of clinical trials

  • Advanced knowledge regarding prevention, diagnosis, treatment and symptom management
  • Provide state-of-the-art care
  • Improve care of cancer patients present and future

Useful Websites

Cancer Research UK
Cancerhelp (UK)
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
National Cancer Research Network

For any further information on clinical trials within the Trust, please contact the research nurses.

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