Clinical trial finder
What's in the 'Clinical trial' information section?
- Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer
- Clinical trial finder
- What types of clinical trials are there?
- Taking part in a clinical trial
- Advantages and disadvantages of clinical trials
- Deciding to take part in a clinical trial
- What happens with the results of clinical trials
- People’s experiences of clinical trials
Clinical trials can be an important treatment option for people with pancreatic cancer.
You can use our trial finder to search for clinical trials that you might be able to take part in. If you find a trial that you are interested in, speak to your medical team. They will be able to tell you if the trial is suitable for you and provide more information about it.
Please note: clinical trials are added to the trial finder automatically. The listing of a trial does not mean Pancreatic Cancer UK recommends that you take part.
Find a clinical trial
How to use the trial finder
The trial finder automatically searches for pancreatic cancer trials. If you don’t want to search for anything specific, just click ‘search’ and it will bring up all the trials available in the UK.
We recommend searching for trial status ‘open’. These trials are currently available for people to join.
If you want to search for something specific, you can use a keyword. This narrows the search but it could also miss trials that you might be interested in. For example, if you search for ‘advanced cancer’, the search may not show trials for stage 4 or metastatic cancer.
The more keywords you add, the fewer results you will get.
What is study type?
Study type ‘interventional’ means the trial involves testing an intervention – which is usually a treatment. For example, it might be testing a new drug or comparing different ways of using standard treatments.
Study type ‘observational’ means researchers will collect data to look at what happens in different situations. For example, they may look at the effects of lifestyle on pancreatic cancer. You won’t get a new treatment or new intervention as part of an observational study. Your standard treatment will continue as planned.
Find out more about the trial
Most results from the trial finder search include a short summary to tell you what the trial is about.
If you want to know more about a trial, click ‘view’. This will take you to a website called clinicaltrials.gov which is an international database of clinical trials. The website is designed for researchers, so the information is complicated.
You will find details about who can take part in the study as well as information about what’s involved. If you scroll to ‘Locations’, you can see where in the UK the trial is taking place.
We recommend speaking to your medical team if you are interested in a trial.
Trials sometimes have complicated criteria for taking part (inclusion or eligibility criteria). It can make it difficult to know whether or not you can take part, so it’s important to discuss it with your team.
They will be able to tell you if the trial is suitable for you and provide more information about it.