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Regional Cancer Treatment Service - Clinical Trials Unit

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The Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) has a strong focus on improving health outcomes for our community through research and development. 

If you are a patient in the Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) you may be asked by your doctor if you would like to participate in a clinical trial.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a study that tests new and possibly better ways of improving people's health. A clinical trial tries to answer particular scientific questions that will help decide how safe and effective a promising new treatment or investigation is compared to the current standard of care. In a nutshell, a clinical trial involves taking the best available treatment and/or practice and trying to improve it.

Click here to read more clinical trials, including safety components, risks and benefits.


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In the Clinical Trials Unit there are a number of trial co-ordinators. They have either a nursing or allied health qualification/background and are responsible for the co-ordination of trials.

Each trial also has a Doctor, called the Principal Investigator, who is responsible for that trial at MidCentral District Health Board. The patient’s RCTS doctor is responsible for their treatment on the trial.

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Your doctor may ask you to consider taking part in a clinical trial. Alternatively, you may like to ask your doctor if there is a trial for which you would…


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Cancer research

  • Clinical trials

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50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

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50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

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50 Ruahine Street
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442

This page was last updated at 11:57AM on July 6, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Regional Cancer Treatment Service - Clinical Trials Unit.