CLINICAL TRIALS AT PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER CENTRE
WHO CAN JOIN A CLINICAL TRIAL?
To participate in a clinical trial, the patient must have a referral from their doctor. Each clinical trial has eligibility guidelines based on the questions the research is trying to answer.
Having a certain type or stage of cancer
Having received a certain kind of therapy in the past
Having adequate organ functions such as kidney, liver and bone marrow functions
These criteria ensure that people in the trial are as alike as possible. This way doctors can be sure that the results are due to the treatment being studied and not other factors.
Some people have health problems other than cancer that could be made worse by the treatments in a study. Patients interested in joining a trial will receive medical tests to be sure they are not put at increased risk.
ACCURATE AND MEANINGFUL STUDY RESULTS:
Patients may not be able to join some clinical trials if they have already had another kind of cancer treatment. Otherwise, doctors could not be sure whether their results were due to the treatment being studied or the earlier treatment.
The Tumour Immunotherapy Program has a number of studies that are currently recruiting patients. For information about how to be referred to one of these studies, please contact the team at TIP@uhn.ca.