“Being on a clinical trial has offered me greater treatment options and I feel I am giving myself the best chance of a better outcome” – Jane
A clinical trial is a reliable and controlled way to research the effects of a treatment and to determine if a new treatment is more effective than the current standard treatment. A trial can also identify potential risks and side effects from a treatment. A new treatment will only become the new standard after it has been proved effective and safe in clinical trials, and shown to be better than other treatments. Participating in a clinical trial can involve both benefits and risks. However, if a treatment does prove to be effective, trial participants will be among the first to benefit.
Eligibility for acceptance onto a clinical trial can be restrictive as there are strict inclusion and exclusion criteria. You should talk to your treating clinician about your suitability for a clinical trial.
Melanoma and Skin Cancer (MASC) Trials
MASC Trials brings together a powerful network of almost 2,000 professionals who represent the many disciplines critical to our work – oncologists, surgeons, radiation specialists, nurses, allied health professionals, health economists, statisticians, research scientists, clinical research associates, data managers, patient advocates, consumers and others.
With expert support from our Advisories and our trials staff, MASC Trials leads and designs research and clinical trial development, and provides project management for multicentre, national and international collaborations.
Cancer Trials Australia
Cancer Trials Australia is a clinical trial network that provides a fully comprehensive oncology clinical trial service.
The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry
The ANZCTR is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. The ANZCTR includes trials from the full spectrum of therapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventative measures, lifestyle devices, treatment and rehabilitation strategies, and complementary therapies.
Clinicaltrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.