Why Trials Matter

Raising awareness about the importance of clinical trials - A Trial For Me?
All of the major milestones in controlling cancer worldwide have come through clinical trials, but we still have a long way to go to help every person affected, at risk or diagnosed with this disease. ANZUP is committed to increasing engagement with consumers, carers and the broader community to promote the importance of clinical trial research. In July 2018, ANZUP joined forces with Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) to promote the importance of and encourage participation in clinical trials research and empower patients to ask their doctor if there is a clinical trial suitable for them. Thanks to the generous support of Tonic Health Media, the following 60-second campaign video was shown on Tonic TV in 1,900 GP waiting rooms around Australia during July and August 2018. 

Ask your doctor if you are eligible to participate in a clinical trial and help our researchers improve treatments and outcomes for all patients.

ANZUP Cancer Trials Group and Breast Cancer Trials are delighted to partner in raising awareness of clinical trials in the community and gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Tonic Health Media.

Clinical trials - the front line to fighting cancer
Cancer survivor Joe Bakhmoutski has turned his own personal experiences into a rich resource for those living with or supporting someone with cancer. His website, Simplify Cancer, and podcast series features interviews with both survivors and experts, including ANZUP Chair Professor Ian Davis, 

Professor of Medicine and Head of the Eastern Health Clinical School at Monash University

. In episode 29 'What you must know about clinical trials before starting treatment', Joe's no holds barred interview with Ian tackles all the tough questions you've ever wanted to ask about clinical trials. Including 
  • The guinea pig myth
  • Are clinical trials safe?
  • When is placebo given (if at all)
  • Clinical trials as decision support tools
  • Why you should ask about one now

In episode 37 - making better decisions about treatment and life beyond, ANZUP Quality of Life Subcommittee Chair and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Psychology, Dr Haryana Dhillon, discusses better ways of dealing with cancer, from the time of diagnosis to life after treatment. In this podcast, Joe and Haryana cover:
  • Why a patients voice needs to be an integral part of clinical practice
  • Clinical trials and what they can do for you
  • Making decisions around treatment
  • Tips to prepare for your specialist appointment
  • and much, much more

Your questions answered
About ANZUP Cancer Trials Group
ANZUP is a not-for-profit organisation. We receive valuable infrastructure support from the Australian Government through Cancer Australia, however, each clinical trial requires its own funding stream in order to proceed. At the moment we rely on applying for grants from various sources, which can take several years and even then, might not be successful. It is therefore critical that ANZUP raises funds to continue our important work. Read more about fundraising here.
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