Cancer research is only possible because patients volunteer for clinical trials and agree to take part in research studies.

There are over 200 cancer clinical trials running in Leeds at any one time demonstrating the willingness of patients to get involved. Central to our strategy is ensuring that as many patients as possible have the opportunity to take part in research studies. If you are interested in learning more about trials that might be relevant to your care, please speak to your nurse or doctor. We have played a significant role in the NIHR’sOK to ask’ campaign, which encourages patients and carers to ask about research opportunities.

Another great way for patients and the wider public to get involved is to join the Leeds Patient and Public Involvement in Research Group. Through the group you can influence the scope of our research and the way that cancer trials and studies are designed and conducted. Researchers often come to the group to ask for advice, for example with regard to what it is reasonable to ask a study participant to do. The group meets four times a year and members make as large or as small a contribution as they choose. Some members have become co-applicants on research applications or joined governance boards for very large studies. The Leeds Cancer Centre also has the Leeds Cancer Partnership Group, which contributes to the improvement of cancer services in Leeds by providing a patient and carer perspective.

There are other exciting ways to get involved. The Cancer Research UK Leeds Centre has a regular programme of public events including research laboratory tours. To find out more please visit the Centre website. If you are interested in fundraising, Leeds Cancer Support, the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal, Cancer Research UK and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation always welcome support. For other important fundraising causes please see the list on the ‘Our Funders’ page.