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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What formats are downloadable documents provided in?

A: Downloadable documents are provided in a variety of formats. The most common are PDF, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.


Q: What if I don't have the software to open the document?

A: Most computers already have the software to open these document formats. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader (for reading PDFs), it is available from the Adobe site.


Q: How do I save documents to my computer?

A: If you have a PC, right-click on the link to the document. If you use a Macintosh, hold down the mouse button over the link. In both cases, a popup menu will then appear. Scroll down the menu and click on 'Save target as'. You will then be asked to choose a folder on your computer where you can save the document.


Q: How do I find a document quickly?

A: All documents that are within the Research part of the site can be found on the Research document library page for quick download.


Q: How do I become involved in a cancer clinical trial?

A: If you would like to take part in a clinical trial you should discuss this with your doctor or nurse. They may know of a trial that is suitable for you, but it should be remembered that there may not be a trial which is suitable for you.


Q: How do I know if a clinical trial is right for me?

A: It’s important that you are satisfied that you have enough information to make an informed decision. You should feel free to ask any questions that you believe are important in helping you to reach a decision. You should also feel that you have been given enough time to think about the trial and what it will mean to you before you decide.


Q: How do I become involved with patient and public involvement locally?

A: For the Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Research network please contact julie.ditchfield@lsccn.nhs.uk. For other Networks please see the National Cancer Research Network website for contacts.


Q: Where can I learn more about cancer clinical trials?

A: The NIHR NCRN CC produces leaflets and guides on a wide range of topics including Understanding clinical trials  

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