As a large research centre, UCLH runs a range of clinical studies aimed at improving knowledge, treatment and outcomes in urological care. Your doctor will talk to you about whether you are suitable for a research study.
A clinical trial is a carefully designed research study looking at the effects of a procedure or treatment.
It can be carried out in the following areas:
- Screening: to find ways of detecting cancer at an earlier stage
- Diagnosing cancer: looking at new ways of better detecting cancer
- Treatments: exploring new treatments and new ways of giving treatment
- Controlling symptoms or side effects: by using new drugs or therapies
- Genetics: to help learn more about the role genes play in cancer
Clinical trials aim to find out if a new treatment or procedure:
- is safe
- has side effects
- is more effective than the treatment that is currently used
- helps you feel better.
We have a number of clinical trials in urological cancers looking at different treatment approaches. Your doctor may invite you to take part in a trial if you meet its criteria, and explain what it entails.
It is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to get involved. If you decide not to participate, or if you choose to withdraw at any time, this will not affect your treatment or care in any way.
How you can get involved
If you are interested in taking part in our research please talk to your medical consultant about this at your next appointment.
They will know about research studies that are happening at UCLH and also research studies that are happening locally that you might be able to participate in.