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Clinical trials

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre is at the frontier of cancer medicine, with over 200 ongoing clinical trials. We provide patients with access to experimental and breakthrough treatments including immonutherapies, targeted therapies and personalised medicine delivering better health outcomes every day.

About cancer clinical trials at the ONJ Centre

Clinical trials are an integral part of the journey towards finding better, more effective treatments for cancer. Once a scientific discovery has been made in the laboratory and a drug of treatment has been developed, a clinical trial with volunteer patients enables scientists and clinicians to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment in a safe and controlled research environment.

At the ONJ Centre clinical trials are in progress for a variety of cancer types including brain, bowel, breast, melanoma, gastrointestinal, head and neck, pancreatic, prostate and lung cancer.

Many of our treating clinicians are also researchers who hold joint appointments with Austin Health and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. With the Institute integrated within the Centre, clinicians and researchers work together every day to improve patient health outcomes and accelerate the progress between scientific discovery and breakthrough therapy.

Speak to your doctor

We recommend you speak to your treating oncologist or doctor to discuss whether participation in a clinical trial is right for you.

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Why join a clinical trial?

Almost every cancer treatment in the world today has come about because of learnings and advancements made through clinical trial.

By joining a clinical trial you are gaining access to advanced treatment today and helping future generations who might be diagnosed with cancer to have a better outlook with the availability of more effective therapies and treatment approaches.

The trial has given me a life-saving opportunity and without it I wouldn't be here. I now live every minute of my life to the full. Thomas Scrivens, ONJ Centre patient on the breakthrough ABT-414 clinical trial

How do I find a clinical trial?

Cancer Council Victoria provides an extensive list of current clinical trials both here at the ONJ Centre, and at other hospitals.

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How can I join a clinical trial?

To participate in a clinical trial, there are a number of steps including referral and eligibility.

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