Taking part in clinical trials

This page aims to provide guidance on where to seek more information for anybody interested in participating as a patient on a clinical trial

What we do

We develop links with researchers throughout the UK and abroad who are able to identify potential participants who might be interested in taking part in a trial. If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, please follow the advice on the rest of this page to help point you in the right direction. We do not directly recruit participants into clinical trials at the Cancer Trials Centre (CTC).

First point of contact

Your oncology team (doctor and nurse specialist) and/or GP will understand you and your condition best, and should be your first point of contact as they will be able to provide information on any clinical trials to which you are suitable for and are local to your area.

Find a clinical trial

You can search for all registered clinical trials that are open in the UK by accessing the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

Cancer Research UK provide details on all their trials and new treatments

Find out more about past and current research conducted by Cancer Research UK

Find ovarian cancer clinical trials near you which could help you and future generations

ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.


It can be a very stressful time when faced with the decision to take part in a clinical trial or not. We have put together a few tips to try to make the decision process easier;

  • Take your time to read all the information – you will be provided with lots of information. Take your time and read everything available, ensuring that you know exactly what will be expected of you, the associated risks and the potential benefits.
  • Ask lots of questions – make sure that you fully understand everything. Ask your doctor or nurse if you are unsure of anything, no question is too silly. Make sure you ask your doctor or nurse to explain any medical terms which you are unsure of as these can often be daunting.
  • Involve family and friends – involve those closest around you for support and advice i.e. partner/family/friend. Talking through the options can help to make things clearer.

Contact Us
Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
University College London
90 Tottenham Court Road

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+44 (0)20 7679 9898 (General CTC Enquiries)
020 7679 9899
University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT +44 (0)20 7679 2000

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