Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a new treatment or medicine being offered to patients. The new treatment (for example a new chemotherapy drug) will have been extensively tested to ensure it is safe for use, and will be being offered to test how well it works in treating the cancer.

Thanks to pioneering and innovative medics and researchers, clinical trials for head and neck cancers are growing more common. So far, Throat Cancer Foundation staff have visited research units all across the UK to see, first hand, some of the trials that have occurred. Every drug you will be offered in your treatment will have undergone clinical trials at some stage, so these are really signs of potentially ground-breaking new treatments.


If you wish to take part in a medical trial, you should discuss it with your medical team. Your doctors will be able to advise you whether it will be appropriate or beneficial to you.

Who will treat you?

If you are diagnosed with cancer you will have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who will be responsible for planning, implementing and managing your care.

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Chemotherapy is perhaps the treatment people most associate with cancer. ‘Chemo’, as it’s sometimes known, involves treating the body with chemicals in order to destroy the cancerous cells.

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Radiotherapy is treatment through radiation. High energy beams of radiation are directed at the cancerous tumour with the aim of destroying it.

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