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Research and clinical trials

All cancer treatments have to be fully researched before they can be used for everyone. This is so we know that they work, they are better than the treatments already available and they are safe.

Current research is looking at ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of unknown primary (CUP).


Read about research into the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

What clinical trials are

Trials aim to find out if a new test or treatment is safe and if it works better than current ones.

Before you take part

Find out about what researchers should tell you before you agree to take part in a trial.

Find a clinical trial

Our clinical trials database has details of open and closed trials in the UK, and summaries of the results.

How to join a clinical trial

If you see a trial you're interested in, discuss it with your specialist or GP.
Last reviewed: 
28 May 2020
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