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Lung cancer research

These pages of the lung cancer section are about research into lung cancer.

All tests and treatments have to be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard for everyone. This is so that

  • We can be sure they work
  • We can be sure they work better than the tests or treatments available at the moment
  • We know they are safe

First of all, tests and treatments are developed and tested in laboratories. For ethical and safety reasons, experimental treatments must be tested in this way before they can be tried on patients. If a test or treatment described here is said to be at the laboratory stage of research, it is not ready for patients and is not available either within or outside the NHS. Cancer Research UK supports a lot of UK laboratory research into cancer.

Clinical trials in lung cancer research

Tests in patients are called clinical trials. Cancer Research UK supports many UK and international clinical trials.

Our trials and research section has information about what trials are including information about the phases of trials. If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, you can find lung cancer trials on our searchable database of clinical trials.

If you are interested in a particular trial, you could print it off and take it to your own specialist. If the trial is suitable for you, your doctor will need to refer you to the research team. The database has information about open trials that are recruiting in the UK. It also has information about closed trials and trial results.

The video below tells you about taking part in clinical trials:

To find out what is happening in lung cancer research, you can choose from the following menu

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Updated: 10 November 2014