Clinical Trials

If you are considering a clinical trial as part of your cancer treatment, have a discussion with your healthcare professional, oncologist or care team about your options, whether or not the trial is right for you, and to request a referral.

Patients enrolled in clinical trials are typically young, though the elderly represent a much larger portion of the disease burden. For information on a clinical trials for seniors and the elderly, and to find a suitable clinical trial, refer to PolicyLab’s guide on clinical trials for the elderly.

Canadian Cancer Trials

Canadian Cancer Trials is a national, bilingual resource for cancer patients. This site provides links for trials by province, by cancer, by cancer/trial centres, by city, by drug or by a personalized search. The links they provide will guide patients to third party web pages with specific trial information.


You can also check out each provincial cancer trials website:

Alberta Cancer Trials

British Columbia Cancer Trials

Manitoba Cancer Trials

New Brunswick Cancer Trials

Newfoundland and Labrador Cancer Trials

Nova Scotia Cancer Trials

Ontario Cancer Trials

Prince Edward Island Cancer Trials

Quebec Cancer Trials

Saskatchewan Cancer Trials


Clinical Trials Internationally:

Clinical is a US-based registry that provides user with federally and privately supported clinical trials that are conducted in the United States and around the world. The web page has almost 128,000 trials listed in 179 countries. It is important to note that searches will return trials that are accepting patients, trials that have been completed, and those which are no longer accepting patients.

National Cancer Institute

The Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials is a division of the National Cancer Institute that not only provides information on new trials, but also acts as an information resource for patients who are thinking about clinical trials.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is an online database for cancer trials in the United Kingdom. This site provides patients and their families information about clinical trials, including how to plan for them, benefits and risks, what to ask, and more.

European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer web page facilitates the communication of clinical cancer research oncologists and health professionals. The site also offers a database of clinical trials.

Australian Cancer Trials

The Australian Cancer Trials website displays the latest clinical trials in cancer care, including trials that are currently recruiting new participants.

To learn more about clinical trials, watch this CCSN webinar by Dawn Richards, Director of Patient and Public Engagement at Clinical Trials Ontario:

More information: What is a Clinical Trial?