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Clinical Trials - A Patient’s Journey

Embedded thumbnail for This story follows the journey of a patient, her specialist and the clinical trial researcher during a clinical trial

Leslie was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in August 2009. Shortly after her oncologist Dr Ross Jennings advised her of a suitable clinical trial.


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"I’d advise anyone considering a clinical trial to be as open as you can.  The benefits can be huge "

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“ Throughout my clinical trial I was closely monitored. It was reassuring for us to get all that information. ”

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“ Clinical trials help us solve really big problems and have an incredible impact on our patient’s future. ”

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“We participated because at the end of the day, we don’t want any more kids getting type one diabetes. ”

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I think clinical trials and research are part of life in a modern practice.

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I’m hoping the results will change lives in my family for generations to come.

Bradley Selmon

I feel this clinical trial has saved my life

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I was… sympathetically and thoroughly monitored both during the treatment and for the years afterwards.

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I am in awe of the trials teams and how competent and motivated they are. How could I not want to help them in their quest to improve cancer therapies for people like me?

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If it helped me, it will help many others in the future, in the world’s journey to find a reason and a cure for MS.

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This wasn’t about grasping at straws to stay alive – by doing this, I was able to do something much bigger for other people as well.

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I was told I had roughly six to 12 months to live, then I saw Dr Peter Grimison and was compatible with a trial chemotherapy drug.

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Anything to help society or other people with this condition.

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I knew every day and every volunteer would make a difference to improving the potential of finding a solution.

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The trial has been great. The best thing about it is that I’m still alive! The trial has given me a chance to find something that works for me, and that I hope will also be of help to others...

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I am a part of something that is contributing not only to my wellbeing but others in my situation. It’s a very positive feeling.

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Encouraging my boys to participate was not only about their own health, but the potential to make a contribution to the worldwide search for a cure to this chronic disease.

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Clinical trials will often improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of people with cancer.

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The support in the years following treatment was crucial to my wellbeing.

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My current clinical trial is a lifesaver for me

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I decided to participate in a clinical trial to not only help women today but to also help future generations. I would never want my kids to have to go through what I did.

Leonie Young

I know that I have benefited from the results of breast cancer clinical trials and that more women are surviving cancer today than ever before.


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Each and every trial makes a major contribution to our understanding of how best to prevent, treat and manage chronic diseases.

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It’s incredibly important that we’re able to take basic research findings and real-life treatment experience and work with the researchers to run clinical trials to change how we manage patients and improve survival.

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Improvements in healthcare does not just happen, quality clinical research is essential to ensure that advances in preventative health and new treatments for disease are based on high quality evidence.

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People get involved because they want to be part of a project that will make a difference.

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Ultimately, health care practice is based on knowledge derived from clinical trials.

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Clinical trials are about teamwork and patients are an integral part of the team working together to improve scientific knowledge, treatment options and clinical outcomes.

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I have seen how clinical trials can change our health care, and how they help people … We have seen the cure rates for kids’ cancer go from less than 10 per cent to over 80 per cent.

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I have witnessed trial results translate into direct benefit for patients now and in the future, this is the most rewarding element of my job.

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The improvements in outcomes for children with cancer and leukaemia in the last half century have been phenomenal…This has come about purely and simply because they have been enrolled on clinical trials.

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One of the most satisfying things about my job is to be able to say to patients that today we have choices in their treatments.

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Being involved in a clinical trial gives patients an 'extra set of eyes’ to watch over them during their health care journey.

Laura Adams

I feel very privileged every day in my role as a researcher in dealing with clinical trial participants.

Industry and Sponsors

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Australia has the clinical trial infrastructure that allows a trial to be established very quickly.

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Australia has been a key contributor in the development of cutting edge new medicines in a huge range of therapeutic areas for Novartis.

Health Care Providers

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Dr Ross Jennens, Medical OncologistThe only way to know is this medication actually better than our standard medication?.. is to do a clinical trial and compare it with our standard treatment.

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Clinical trials are the best way to improve the care of our patients and get more treatment options for them.  

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I want to know what I can recommend to my patients, and that's what clinical trials do.

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Clinical trials are not just about improvement in drugs, it's about improvements in the choices in management and the choices in the organisation of care. 

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I think clinical trials are incredibly important in providing evidence for what we do every day in general practice.