International Clinical Trials Day

International Clinical Trials Day, celebrated on 20 May 2023, provides an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our research team in the field of cancer research.

At Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre, these dedicated professionals play a crucial role in advancing scientific knowledge, improving patient outcomes, and shaping the future of cancer treatment through their involvement in clinical trials.

To celebrate, research nurses, clinical research practitioners and data managers from the Aerodigestive, Hepato-biliary, Head and Neck, and Cellular Therapies teams at the Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre tell us why they do research.

Erica Bauducco, Research Nurse

“Clinical trials offer patients the opportunity to access cutting-edge experimental therapies that may not be available through standard treatment options. These trials aim to evaluate new drugs, treatment approaches, or combinations of therapies that could potentially provide novel treatment options and improve patient outcomes.

"By participating in clinical trials, patients can explore new avenues of treatment even when traditional options have been exhausted.”

Maria Monteromuňoz, Research Nurse

“These is a resolute commitment to improving outcomes for cancers with the lowest survival rates. Recognising the urgency and importance of addressing these challenging cases, researchers, clinicians and patients actively engage in trials focused on finding innovative solutions and breakthrough treatments.

"Clinical trials targeting cancers with low survival rates are driven by a determination to uncover novel therapeutic approaches, enhance existing treatments and ultimately elevate survival rates.”

Thomas Jones, Clinical Research Practitioner team lead

"For patients who have reached a critical juncture in their cancer journey, clinical trials can offer a renewed sense of hope. By participating in these trials, patients become active partners in their own care, contributing to the advancement of medical science and the development of potentially life-saving treatments. The knowledge gained from clinical trials not only benefits current patients but also lays the foundations for future generations facing similar challenges. 

"Through the collective effort of the clinical trials community, we aim to improve patient care, advance medical knowledge and offer hope to those who need it most. We are driven by a shared vision — to transform the experience of patients facing dire circumstances, to offer them new possibilities, and to make a lasting impact on their lives.

"Every step taken in clinical trials is an opportunity to rewrite the narrative. Together, we work towards a future where no patient is left without hope, and where the power of clinical research transforms lives."

19 May 2023