Brain tumour clinical trials database allows patients to take more control
Only 10.8% of brain cancer patients signed up for a clinical trial in 2010/11 and only 1.1% of those were for randomized clinical trials. This is, in part, due to the lack of clinical trials in brain cancer. So we are delighted to be supporting the charity brainstrust who have developed The Brain Tumour Hub - allowing patients more visibility of what trials are taking place - which they hope will lead to more awareness of the need for research and in turn more funding.
The Brain Tumour Hub (www.braintumourhub.org.uk) already hosts a database of brain tumour support services but now it also lists all upcoming and current brain tumour clinical trials. The navigation allows the user to search for clinical trials by brain tumour type and answers an unmet need for a ‘one stop shop’ for patients who are interested in volunteering to be part of a study.
The content itself has been produced in collaboration with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), neuro healthcare professionals and researchers from across the UK. The information is not only easily accessible by visitors who can just click to apply to become part of a trial but it is also easily updated and added to by the researchers themselves.
Commenting on the launch of the Brain Tumour Hub, Colin Watts, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurosciences at Cambridge University said, “Information empowers patients by placing themselves firmly at the centre of their own care; it also empowers clinicians by helping them to direct patients to resources that can help them fight brain cancer and recruit into clinical trials. The Brain Tumour Hub is a significant contributor to this enhanced process of care and is to be welcomed"
brainstrust director, Helen Bulbeck, adds, “When patients are initially diagnosed they are desperate for information, support and advice on their condition which is why we set up our charity brainstrust. With our new Brain Tumour Hub database of clinical trials we are offering patients the chance to take control of their illness in a simple way which offers much needed reassurance at a very challenging time. We also know that accrual rates for clinical trials are low so having this information easily accessible should help address this.”