Clinical trials are scientific studies that confirm whether medicines are safe and effective before they can be introduced as new treatments for a particular disease or condition.
Central Coast Haematology aims to deliver effective and personalised therapy to patients with haematological malignancies by incorporating patient-focused clinical research within everyday practice.
There are many benefits to participating in clinical trials for patients including gaining access to new and innovative research treatments at no cost, playing a more active role in one’s own health care and helping others by contributing to medical research. There is no guarantee that the treatment will be effective for the participant, and indeed many clinical trials come with risks including considerable potential side-effects. People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. If you are considering participating in a clinical trial please ensure you ask members of the clinical trial team any questions you might have about the trial, the care expected and why the researchers believe the experimental treatment being tested might be effective. Clinical trial participation is available via the CCLHD Haematology Clinical Trials Unit which runs clinical trials at both Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.
The CCLHD Haematology Clinical Trials Unit consists of haematologists, nurses, pharmacists and experienced clinical trial coordinators. Participation in multi-centre national and international clinical trials, run by both pharmaceutical companies and national collaborative groups (e.g. Australian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group), is offered across a range of haematological disorders including myeloma, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms.
If you are being considered for participation in a clinical trial, then you will be provided with written information regarding the proposed clinical trial which should be discussed with your family members to enable you to make a well-informed decision regarding participation.
Clinical trials that are being conducted by the CCLHD Haematology Clinical Trials Unit can be found on the ClinTrial Refer app.
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