About our research and clinical trials
Clinical trials are not about laboratories and test tubes, they are about real people fighting disease and getting access to the most effective medical treatments.
Because not all people or cancer tumours are the same, clinical trials are necessary to test the effectiveness of different types and combinations of treatments for particular groups of tumours and people.
Treatments generally include a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and specialist drugs (chemotherapy). These treatments need to be administered in the optimal combination to ensure that the best patient outcomes can be achieved.
Benefits of clinical trials to patients
• Give patients immediate access to the latest treatments
• Standard treatments can be changed 3-5 years earlier if trials are in Australia
• Improve cure rates
• Improve quality of life during treatment
Funds raised by the GI Cancer Institute are used to fund research and clinical trials undertaken by our not-for-profit parent body the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG) which has been undertaking independent research since 1991.
For a summary of each of our clinical trials click below: