Clinical trials can provide a lot of hope for people facing ovarian cancer. As a scientist myself I know that it is only through research and trials that new, improved treatments and better outcomes may be achieved. It can be difficult however to find exactly what trials are available locally, nationally, and internationally. The following sites and programs I have found to be extremely comprehensive and informative.
- ANZGOG are the peak, national gynaecological cancer clinical trials organisation for Australia and New Zealand. Their purpose is to improve outcomes and quality of life for women with gynaecological cancer through conducting and promoting cooperative clinical trials and undertaking multidisciplinary research into the causes, prevention and treatments of gynaecological cancer.
- ClinTrial Refer is a very useful way to search for a trial for your specific cancer. You can also download an app version of this.
- The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) is the leading organisation in the world fighting ovarian cancer from all fronts. A fantastic resource.
- INOVATe (Individualised Ovarian Cancer Treatment Through Integration of Genomic Pathology into Multidisciplinary Care) is a research study which aims to develop a personalised approach to the management of women with ovarian cancer based on genomic profiles of their tumours. INOVATe is a multicentre, collaborative program that is open at nine study sites across Sydney. If you have ovarian cancer and live in Australia, I strongly urge to you to participate in this study.