At the moment there is no easy way to find a clinical trial that may be suitable for you. For now, the best thing to do is to ask your doctor, or the health professional who you see most often.
You can browse all of the trials that the CTU has open to recruitment. You can also visit the website of Current Controlled Trials where you can search a number of registers of clinical trials.
Some charities have developed registers of clinical trials on their area of interest. Cancer Research UK runs Cancer Help. On this site you will find a user-friendly guide to many cancer trials that are going on in the UK at the moment.
If you're healthy and are interested in taking part in a trial, please take a look at the Help Make History website.
All trials have guidelines about who can take part. These are called inclusion/exclusion criteria. These criteria are used to make sure that trials include the people who might benefit most from a new treatment, and exclude those for whom the new treatment might not be safe or appropriate. In many trials, women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant are excluded. This is to ensure that there is no danger to the pregnancy. Other trials only include people of a certain age, or at a particular stage in their illness. A person cannot take part in a trial if, in their doctor’s opinion, they should be in one trial group as opposed to another. For example, if a trial is comparing whether or not to treat people identified very early in HIV disease, people who need treatment at that stage cannot join the trial.
You can find out more about the inclusion and exclusion criteria for all CTU trials that are currently open to recruitment on the individual study page.
For more information about clinical trials, try our section on What questions to ask about a trial?
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