Each clinical protocol
includes patients with specific characteristics, both for safety and scientific
reasons. For example, most often it is required that kidney and liver
function be within normal range, although in some studies some variation
is permitted. Specific tumor types and stages of disease are often required.
These characteristics are described in detail in a list called "eligibility
criteria". For safety reasons patients participating in these studies
must live within this region.
If you are interested
in participating in a clinical trial, it is very important to discuss
this with your doctor. The doctor can provide you with further information,
and may be able to offer you participation in the study. If you require
referral to this Centre for a clinical trial, your doctor can provide
you with an updated summary of your medical status, including the diagnosis,
stage of the disease, previous treatments, and other treatment options
being considered. Your doctor can fill out the referral form related to
the specific trial of interest.