Clinical Trials

Every day we challenge ourselves to find new and better ways to treat cancer. All our treatments started out as experimental therapies, where patients volunteered to take part in a clinical trial.


What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are medical studies that involve normal people like you and me.

They’re used to develop new treatments for many different types of cancer by looking at:

  • Screening people – who has a higher risk of cancer?
  • The risks and causes of cancer – what lifestyle choices, genetics, and other factors affect our chances of having cancer?
  • Cancer prevention – which lifestyle changes or medication can reduce our risk?
  • Cancer diagnosis – which new technologies can detect cancer earlier?
  • Treatments – what new types of medication can help?
  • Side-effects of treatment – how can we control these?

How does a clinical trial work?

Medicines move from being ‘experimental’ to ‘standard’ along a clinical ‘pathway’ that’s checked and regulated at every stage. Clinical trials are categorised based on how much research has already been carried out.

Phase I trials
We don’t ask our patients to take part in Phase 1 trials that haven’t been tested on people before. But you may be able to take part in a trial for a drug that’s previously been used to treat another condition, so we’re confident that it’s safe. Taking part will help us understand whether this drug can help patients with your type of cancer.

Phase II trials
These focus on how effective the drug is at treating your type of cancer. As with Phase I trials, Phase II trials are classed as ‘early phase’.

Phase III trials
These involve larger patient groups. A new drug is compared to the current ‘gold standard’ treatment. These trials are sometimes known as ‘late phase’ clinical trials.

Will taking part in a trial work for me?

A clinical trial might be a good option if:

  • You’ve already tried the standard treatments for your type of cancer. A clinical trial offers the chance that a new drug treatment could work better
  • You’re already on a standard treatment – taking a new type of medication might have extra beneficial effects
  • You’re not obliged in any way to take part in a clinical trial, it’s always your decision. You’ll be able to talk about all your options with your doctor

GenesisCare in Australia

We currently have over 20 centres across five states in Australia, running clinical trials for the following types of cancer:

  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Brain
  • Melanoma
  • Head and neck

We work with leading research organisations including:

  • TROG – Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group
  • Breast Cancer Trials
  • AGITG – Australasian Gastro Intestinal Trials Group
  • ANZUP – Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group
  • ANZMTG – Australian and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group

We also partner with public and private hospitals in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. If you’d like to find out more about our current clinical trials, talk to your GenesisCare radiation oncologist or contact your closest GenesisCare location.

Meet our doctors

Everything we do is focused on designing better care for our patients. With a network of 12 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard.

We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

Meet our doctors

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Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 353 3055


Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 987 901

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

020 7460 5626


Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)208 236 9040


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+44 (0)1865 237 700


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+44 (0)23 9248 4992


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+44 (0)238 076 4961


69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 418 444

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News and events

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We are excited to be trialling SpaceOAR/Hydrogel technology and will be rolling it out across our Centers in 2018.

Who we are

We are 2,400 highly trained healthcare professionals and support staff across Australia, the U.K. and Spain designing innovative treatments and care for people with cancer and heart disease.