What is a Clinical Trial?
Every publicly available treatment in New Zealand is the product of extensive research - including laboratory studies, and clinical trials.
A clinical trial is a type of research involving human participants. It can be interventional or observational.
An ovarian cancer clinical trial might evaluate a new, or existing treatment (or treatments); investigate different surgical techniques; or study behaviours - with the goal of improving outcomes for people with ovarian cancer.
Clinical trials can offer new or different treatment options for people with ovarian cancer, and help doctors make better decisions for people in the future.
A Guide to Participating on a Clinical Trial
How to find a clinical trial?
There are two main avenues to learn about clinical trials - through a doctor, and the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR).
The ANZCTR is an online public registry of clinical trials, held at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney. It is a Primary Registry in the World Health Organization (WHO) Registry Network, which means that it fulfils certain criteria for content, quality and validity, accessibility, unique identification, technical capacity and administration.
At the start of 2021 there were five clinical trials for ovarian cancer in New Zealand.