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The world of clinical trials – That Cancer Conversation podcast

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by Cancer Research UK | Podcast

27 November 2023

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This entry is part 12 of 21 in the series That Cancer Conversation

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Clinical trials are a vital step in the development of new medicines of any kind, and that includes new cancer treatments. They aim to find out whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. 

In this episode of That Cancer Conversation, we’re going to take you into the world of clinical research and walk you through the pathway, from how we design trials in the first place, right through to taking part, to give you the full picture of what a clinical trial really involves. 

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Karen Turner

We spoke to Ruth Plummer, professor of experimental cancer medicine at the University of Newcastle, Karen Turner, a senior research nurse at the University of Birmingham, and Peter, who took part in the Cancer Research UK-funded CHHiP trial after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. 


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Peter, who took part in a clinical trial after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009

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