Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A study looking at the causes of different types of cancer in Scotland
This study collected blood and tissue samples from people who were newly diagnosed with certain types of cancer since 2006.
The researchers in this study were trying to find out more about the causes of cancer. They studied blood and tissue samples from people with cancer. They looked for links between characteristics of the cancer cells and each person's treatment outcome. They also gathered information about medical history and treatment, and this information was treated confidentially. Looking at all this information may help to improve and develop new treatments. They will also store these samples and results to use in future cancer research.
The aim of this study was to find out more about the causes of cancer. Researchers hope this will lead to better treatment and the possibility of preventing certain types of cancer in the future.
Summary of results
This study allowed the collection of tissue samples from people being treated for cancer.
Rather than looking at a specific outcome, the samples are being used in cancer research.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Professor David Harrison
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer