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Our mission is to enable patients gain early access to new cancer treatments. 

Cancer Trials Ireland was set up in 1996 by a group of cancer consultants (our founding chairman was Prof. John Crown). The aim was to create more research opportunities for patients by putting a formal structure in place to make Ireland more attractive as a location to international cancer research groups and the pharmaceutical industry. In 2000 membership was expanded to include Northern Ireland.

Membership is open to all Medical, Surgical, Radiation Oncologists, as well as Haematologists and Research Specialists (Oncology Research Nurses, Site staff and Translational Scientists). Today more than 95% of the island’s cancer treating consultants are members ensuring that research into cancer develops at a national level across all localities.

Since it was established more than 15,000 patients have taken part in more than 350 Cancer Trials Ireland trials. During 2015, 14 hospital based cancer trials units around the country were working on 154 trials involving 6312 patients; 66 were recruiting patients and 88 were in the follow up stage.  Of these 154 trials, 123 cancer trials involved drugs and/or treatments, 29 were translational trials which involved analysing tissue and/or blood samples and 2 involved questionnaires and or surveys. 

Cancer Trials Ireland has also developed strong links with many leading international cancer research groups such as the ECOG-ACRIN, NRG, TRIO, UNC Cancer Network and CRUK and those in industry developing the most promising new cancer treatments. As a result of these positive relationships Irish patients are now being offered cutting edge research options that previously would only have been available in the United States and Europe.

While the majority of trials involve Ireland-based studies increasing numbers are including International cancer trials units. We also continue to receive interest from other international groups and sites as regards their participation in our trials. During 2015 35% of its trials involved collaboration with cancer research groups around world and 37% involved working with industry groups such as international pharmaceutical companies.

Cancer Trials Ireland has numerous studies open in the following Disease Areas: Breast, Lung, CNS, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Gynaecology, Haematology/Lymphoma, Head & Neck, Melanoma, Paediatric and Translational. Please see 
our Clinical Trials Section for more information on Cancer Trials Ireland Studies.

Cancer Trials Ireland is a not-for-profit registered charity. We are partly funded by the Irish Cancer Society and through a Health Research Board (HRB) grant. If you would like to contribute to Cancer Trials Ireland and cancer research in Ireland please see our donations section.