The health care professionals at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre recognize the importance of research in advancing the fight against cancer. Our clinical trials department in the cancer centre collaborates with academia, as well as government and private agencies, to conduct clinical trials that contribute to improving cancer care.

Additionally, we promote other types of research projects such as prevention, diagnostic, screening and quality of life studies.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are research studies that involve current patients to research new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.

All new treatments are evaluated through our clinical trials department before we offer them to our patients. Research into new treatments often takes many years in order to ensure that they are safe and effective.

Clinical trials are also reviewed and approved by a research ethics board (REB) before they start and then assessed annually to ensure ongoing safety. The Tri-Hospital Research Ethics Board (THREB) and/or the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) provides ethics reviews of studies conducted at the cancer centre.

Who participates in a clinical trial?

Participation is voluntary and each clinical trial has criteria about who may participate. Clinical trials may provide patients with more treatment options or access to treatments that are otherwise not available. The clinical trials department works with the doctors at the cancer centre to identify patients who may be eligible. Patients are also encouraged to ask their doctor whether there is a study that may be right for them.

Current clinical trials

All clinical trials are listed with The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (opens in new window).

For more information on research visit the Cancer Care Ontario website (opens in new window).

For more information about participating in a clinical trial at GRH or for more information about conducting oncology clinical trials at GRH, please contact:

Carla Girolametto
Manager, Outpatient Oncology, Research & Clinical Trials
Phone 519-749-4370 ext. 2307