Clinical Trials

Tasmanian Health Service - Northern Region

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Oncology Clinical Trials

The Medical Oncology Research Unit at The Launceston General Hospital has been operating since 1990. It is involved in the conduct of clinical trials in cancer patients exploring new agents and methods of treating malignancies.

The Research Unit has affiliations with national cooperative trial organisations such as the Breast Cancer Trials (formerly known as ANZBCTG), the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG), the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group. (TROG) and the Australia New Zealand Gynaenological Oncology Group (AZGOG) Through these trials important new therapies may be accessed before they become licensed, reimbursed or widely available.

Clinical Trials are necessary to find out if new treatments or regimes are more effective than those currently accepted as being the best available.

All clinical trial protocols are approved and monitored by the Human Ethics and Tasmanian Research Committee, based in Hobart. All trials abide with the ethical principles outlined by the Declaration of Helsinki and adhere to the ICH Harmonised Tripartite guidelines for Good Clinical Practice.

Contacts for More Information

If you would like to find out more about clinical trials for yourself, friends or family members, your GP can provide you with more information regarding how clinical trials are conducted, the types of trials available in Tasmania and information regarding eligibility.

The Cancer Council of Tasmania (tel: 03 6336 2030) can be contacted for a booklet called "Understanding Clinical Trials" which describes clinical trials and includes questions and answers commonly asked by people in regards to trials. The Cancer Council can also provide general cancer treatment information, additional information regarding clinical trials currently open to accrual in your area and support services for cancer patients and their families.

The W.P. Holman Clinic can be contacted regarding specific trials that are currently open to accrual, eligibility and enrolment.

Funding for the research comes from four key sources: external granting bodies, fund raising, the pharmaceutical industry and private donations. The continued financial support of clinical trials is essential if progress is to be made in the treatment and control of cancer.

Tax deductible donations and bequests would be most gratefully accepted to help support the activities of the Research Unit.

Contact the Clinical Trials Manager on phone (03) 6777 6160

or Holman Clinic Reception on phone (03) 67776140

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