Researchers are trialling new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer. Your child may be invited to be part of a clinical trial to test new ways of treating melanoma.
New treatments have to go through very strict regulation and approval processes before they can be used in a clinical trial. Your child’s doctor will explain everything about the trial and give you detailed written information. You will need to give special permission for your child to be part of the trial.
Participating in a clinical trial may or may not directly benefit your child, but the results of clinical trials today will help children with cancer in the future.
See Clinical trials and research for more information, including whether there are any clinical trials your child can join.