Get Involved

Each year thousands of people take part in cancer research within the North East and North Cumbria. Research trials mean better treatment and services for people in our region.

Each research trial is different and may include one, or a combination, of the following:

  • Drug therapy – testing new medicines or combining medicines already used as part of cancer treatment in different ways (including chemotherapy)
  • Hormone therapy – the use of hormones to treat cancer
  • Radiotherapy – to improve treatments and reduce side effects
  • Quality of life questionnaires or surveys – to look at how cancer and/or treatment affects you
  • Genetics – to find genes that may cause or increase the risk of cancer
  • Donating tissue or blood samples for furture research studies (bio-banking)


How do I find out about research trials – please click here for more information


It’s OK to Ask – please click here to find about research trials in your area.

We will keep you posted with news and events regarding clinical trials in cancer here in the North East and North Cumbria and you can click on the ‘Get Involved’ button to register your interest in taking part in clinical trials in our region. As well as this, Cancer Research UK provides a database of cancer trials for patients to search on their website

The Cancer Research UK raises money and funds research to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.  You can find out more about the work they do and the research they fund by visiting

Watch the patient case study

Clinical trials is an important part of cancer research. Learn more about the benefits of being involved: Mike became involved in a clinical trial during his treatment for bowel cancer. Watch his story: Teresa and Nicky are nurses on the PROTECT study. Here they tell us how much patient involvement in their clinical trial has meant to both them and the trials success

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