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Clinical Trials Program

Clinical Trials are research studies that involve people.  A clinical trial tests new medications and treatments, helping to determine if they work.  Many advances in cancer treatment and improvements in cure and survival rates have resulted from clinical trials.

There are many different types of clinical trials.  The following types are trials that are trials currently used at the Prince Edward Island Cancer Treatment Centre or will be in use in the near future:

Cancer treatment trials:
Treatment trials are designed to answer questions about new treatments or ways of using an existing treatment better.  This could include the use of new drugs or vaccines, ways to do surgery or give radiation therapy, or combinations of treatments.

Quality-of-life or supportive care Trials:
Quality-of-life trials are always looking for ways to increase comfort and/or quality of life for people with cancer and cancer survivors.  These trials may looks at ways to manage things like fatigue, pain, nausea, or any other cancer-related symptom.

Who can join a Clinical Trial?
Each clinical trial has its own set of criteria that a patient must meet to be enrolled.  This ensures the safety of the patient while on the trial, as well as, ensures the results of the trial are accurate.  Above all, safety is the #1 concern for our patients.  The following is an example of common criteria for entering a trial:

  • Having a certain type or stage of cancer.
  • Having received a certain kind of therapy in the past.
  • Being in a certain age group.

Deciding to take part in a Clinical Trial
Ultimately, the decision to take part in a clinical trial is up to you, the patient.  Discussing your options with your doctor, people close to you, and clinical trials nurses are recommended to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision; however, the decision is ultimately up to you.

Where can I get more information on Clinical Trials?
For more information on Clinical Trials, please visit the following websites or contact the Clinical Trials Coordinator.

Clinical Trials Coordinator
Paulette MacCaull
PEI Cancer Treatment Centre
Telephone: (902) 894-2935
Fax:  (902) 894-0132
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