Deciding whether to take part in a clinical trial is an important decision that you should make with your medical team. We have developed Lymphoma TrialsLink as a place to find information about lymphoma clinical trials – what they are and what they involve – and to search for a UK-based clinical trial that might be suitable for you. Our aim is to help you to make informed decisions about your lymphoma treatment.
We are not able to refer people to specific trials. If you’re interested in taking part in a trial you have found on Lymphoma TrialsLink, we recommend you take the trial summary to discuss with your consultant. They can advise you on whether you might be eligible for the trial and how you can take part based on your individual circumstances.
Clinical trials play an important role in advancing treatments and improving outcomes for people affected by lymphoma. We have a news section with the latest updates on lymphoma trials.
Lymphoma TrialsLink is funded by voluntary donations from Lymphoma Action supporters. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed towards the charity and the running of Lymphoma TrialsLink.
Lymphoma TrialsLink can also be part-funded by external companies, including healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. In accordance with how we work with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, they have no influence over the content of the information we provide.
We search a number of databases that list trials in many disease areas every month. We only include trials that are recruiting people with lymphoma in the UK.
We cover phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials, non-drug and non-treatment studies, and significant non-lymphoma specific trials (cross-tumoural treatment trials).
Phase 1 trials are very early stage trials and sometimes only recruit small numbers of people with lymphoma. They can open and close quickly and often have frequent changes, so information may be limited or may have changed since we published the summary.
Phase 4 trials are not covered by Lymphoma TrialsLink. These trials find out more about a treatment once it has been approved for use. They are usually carried out in people who are already having that treatment as part of their care.
It is very important that you discuss any trial with your medical team if you are interested in taking part. They can give you the latest advice on whether you might be eligible for the trial and how you can take part.
You can search the Lymphoma TrialsLink database by type of lymphoma. Select your type of lymphoma from the drop-down menu and click 'apply filter'. This will bring up all the trials and research studies that include people with that type of lymphoma.
Some of the trials in the list may only be recruiting people with the type of lymphoma you selected. However, many trials recruit people with several types of lymphoma, any type of lymphoma, or even people with other cancers as well as people with lymphoma.
Each trial summary provides brief information about what the trial is testing and includes links to further information about what taking part will involve, and who might be eligible to take part.
We cannot refer you to any of the trials. We recommend that you take the summary of any trial you think might be relevant for you and share it with your consultant, who can give you further advice based on your individual circumstances.
It may be that there isn’t currently a trial suitable for you. New clinical trials do open for people with lymphoma throughout the year, so come back to Lymphoma TrialsLink to see if there are new trials open that might be suitable for you.
If there are no clinical trials suitable for you, talk to your medical team about other options.
If you haven’t found a trial for your type of lymphoma and you’d like to speak to someone for emotional support, you can call our Information and Support Team on 0808 808 5555, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm. They are also available via Live Chat on our website.
Our trial summaries will include a link to the eligibility criteria used to decide if somebody is or isn’t suitable to take part in each particular trial. It is important that you discuss any trial with your medical team if you are interested in taking part. They can advise on whether you might be eligible for the trial and how you can take part.
We recommend that you take the summary of any trial you think might be relevant for you and discuss it with your consultant, who can give you further advice based on your individual circumstances. Your medical team have detailed knowledge of your medical history and are best placed to determine if you are eligible to enter a given trial.
All clinical trials have strict eligibility criteria governing who can and can’t take part. These are important because they make sure that the clinical trial is safe for the people who take part and that it compares different treatments in people who have similar characteristics (such as type or stage of lymphoma).
Although it can be disappointing to find out you don’t meet the eligibility criteria for a trial, it is for your own safety and to gain valid results from a clinical trial. It is always best to talk to your medical team about your options.
The Lymphoma Action Information and Support Team can offer emotional support and has experience helping patients, their family and friends through difficult times. You can call us on 0808 808 5555, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm.