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Regional Cancer Treatment Service - Clinical Trials Unit

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The Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) has a strong focus on improving health outcomes for our community through research and development. 

If you are a patient in the Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) you may be asked by your doctor if you would like to participate in a clinical trial.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a study that tests new and possibly better ways of improving people's health. A clinical trial tries to answer particular scientific questions that will help decide how safe and effective a promising new treatment or investigation is compared to the current standard of care. In a nutshell, a clinical trial involves taking the best available treatment and/or practice and trying to improve it.

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Team details

In the Clinical Trials Unit there are a number of trial co-ordinators. They have either a nursing or allied health qualification/background and are responsible for the co-ordination of trials.

Each trial also has a Doctor, called the Principal Investigator, who is responsible for that trial at MidCentral District Health Board. The patient’s RCTS doctor is responsible for their treatment on the trial.

How to access this service

Your doctor may ask you to consider taking part in a clinical trial. Alternatively, you may like to ask your doctor if there is a trial for which you would be suitable. All trials have strict criteria about who can take part. For instance, a patient may have to be a certain age, or have a certain stage of cancer before they can be included in a study. If they meet the study criteria, they can be included in the study and are considered eligible. Criteria are there to protect the patients and to ensure researchers are able to answer the study question.

Taking part in a study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time and this will not affect your ongoing care.

If you have questions about taking part in a study or if you suffer a research-related injury talk to your doctor or meet with the doctor who is in charge of the study at this institution.

Services Provided

Cancer research

  • Clinical trials

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50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

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50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

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50 Ruahine Street
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442

This page was last updated at 11:57AM on July 6, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Regional Cancer Treatment Service - Clinical Trials Unit.