Clinical opinions / 25 May, 2021

International Clinical Trials Day – your cancer research questions answered

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Facebook Live with Dr Ian Irving, Dr John Bashford, A/Prof Jim Coward and Sophie Mepham PHD

Icon Director of Research Dr John Bashford, Medical Oncologist A/Prof Jim Coward and Icon Executive Manager of Research Sophie Mepham recently appeared live on the Icon Cancer Centre Facebook page hosted by Icon Medical Director Dr Ian Irving, where they discussed the latest in clinical trials and cancer research. From understanding immunotherapy and Phase I clinical trials to discussing the latest milestone research, find out what’s next in cancer treatment by watching the Facebook Live below.

Throughout the video, the panel answered a variety of questions from our patients including:

  • 23.45 – How does immunotherapy work? Why does immunotherapy work for some cancers but not others?
  • 25.22 – How do immune checkpoint inhibitors work?
  • 27.14 – Are there any clinical trials currently underway using immunotherapy for ovarian cancer?
  • 29.00 – What is the best way to search for information about clinical trials? How can I find the right clinical trial for me?
  • 32.20 – How can I find a reputable clinical trial that uses natural or alternative therapies instead of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy?
  • 34.48 – Are there any clinical trials investigating the benefits of exercise for cancer patients?
  • 37.35 – Is there any research on the use of medical cannabis for cancer patients?
  • 41.30 – How do patients living in more rural and regional areas of Australia access clinical trials?
  • 46.30 – How long does it take for a new drug to enter a Phase 1 clinical trial and go through the next phases to become standard of care and available to all?
  • 48.35 – Are there any clinical trials using radiation therapy?
  • 50.42 – Are there any clinical trials using ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) for prostate cancer?
  • 51.40 – Is Keytruda (pembrolizumab) still being studied within clinical trials or is it currently available for people with colorectal cancer with liver metastases?
  • 53.40 – Have there been any recent advances or breakthroughs in the treatment of Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma?
  • 56.20 – Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m on a clinical trial?
  • 1.00.38 – If I’m on a clinical trial for a particular treatment and I’m doing well on it, will I still be able to access the treatment when the trial finishes?
  • 1.02.50 – How should a patient communicate with their clinic or doctor if they haven’t been offered the option to participate in a clinical trial?
  • 1.04.18 – When someone is first diagnosed with a cancer, what should a patient ask their doctor? How does research play a role during this stressful time?

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