Cancer Trials and Research

The UK continues to be at the forefront globally of innovation in medical research and clinical trials for the development of new treatments and medicines for cancer patients. Clinical research and medical trials are a vital part of the cancer treatment development process, and it is only through the continued commitment of patients and research funders, such as the NHS, research charities and global pharmaceutical companies, that crucial progress can continue to be made.

The Government has committed to continuing its support by increasing the share of GDP spent on research and development to 2.4% by 2027 and to 3% by 2030.

In a recent report commissioned by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry it was revealed that the UK ranks first in Europe for the number of early clinical trials, with 147 Phase I and 253 Phase II clinical trials started in 2017. 243 Phase III clinical trials were initiated in the UK in 2017 – putting us in third place in Europe behind Germany and Spain. Oncology remains the UK’s strongest area for clinical research, with an average of 201 commercial clinical trials started per year since 2012 – reaching 210 in 2017.

Material on this page aims to provide useful information regarding clinical research, trials and support groups available, with specific reference to asbestos-related cancers and disease.

If you would like to speak to one of our specialist industrial disease solicitors or information on claiming compensation for an asbestos-related illness and our No Win- No Fee compensation claim legal services, please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry


What are Cancer Trials?

Cancer trials are carried out to try to find new and better treatments for cancer. Trials that are carried out on patients are known as clinical trials. Many drugs and treatments that have been tested in clinical trials are now in common use and without ongoing clinical trials it would not be possible to improve current knowledge about effective treatments. 


What are the Clinical Trial Stages?

Clinical trials are divided into different stages, called phases. The earliest phase trials look at whether a drug is safe and the side effects it causes. Later phase trials aim to test whether a new treatment is better than existing treatments. There are 3 main phases of trials: Phases 1 to 3. Some trials will have an earlier stage 0 and there are some phase 4 trials undertaken after drug has been licensed. 



Richard Hopgood, who heads up our specialist asbestos claims team at Larcomes, was invited by Professor Anoop Chauhan, consultant respiratory physician at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, to sit on the RESPECT-MESO research group. This is a national study was undertaken by a panel of leading experts on mesothelioma. Sufferers of this disease, unfortunately,  often suffer from significant physical symptoms which impact on their daily quality of life. The RESPECT-MESO study examined the benefits on quality of life resulting from early involvement by palliative/symptom control care specialists in the treatment of mesothelioma.


Support Groups

Larcomes’ Asbestos Claims Team is proud to support the work of the southern asbestos support group HASAG Asbestos Disease Support. HASAG Asbestos Disease Support is a charity which helps asbestos disease sufferers across the London, Home counties, the South and South East providing much needed practical assistance and guidance. If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, you can visit their website for further information and support.

Richard and his team are passionate about promoting awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos- related lung diseases. The team plays an active part in the annual Action Mesothelioma Day, hosted by HASAG Asbestos Disease Support and held in Southsea, Portsmouth. Members of the team have attended this event each year since it was set up in 2008.

Larcomes also regularly attend the HASAG Asbestos Disease Support coffee mornings in Portsmouth, Southampton, Woking, Sussex, Berkshire and Essex. These coffee mornings are held on a monthly basis and offer a vital support network for sufferers and their families.


Research Funds

Nationally, there are three research funds which raise money in order to support projects which are trying to work towards a better understanding of mesothelioma and more effective treatment options. These are:

Mesothelioma Applied research foundation  This  is a non-profit charity organisation dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by this cancer by:

  • funding research to improve treatment options;
  • providing treatment, support and education for patients and their families; and
  • advocating for Government funding of research.

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. This is the UK’s first and largest independent mesothelioma charity. It was established in 1997 and has raised more than £1.5 million, the majority of which has been spent on quality research into the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma and the care of people with the disease.

The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF) raises awareness and funds crucial research projects into mesothelioma. The MKMRF was established by Chris Knighton MBE in memory of her husband, Mick Knighton, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, aged 59, in August 2000 and who died seven months later. The MKMRF has worked to fund several ground-breaking research studies in this field over the last 15 years.


Industrial Disease Specialists

Larcomes Solicitors have specialist asbestos disease accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and an expert team who deal solely with Asbestos injury claims.


No Win – No Fee Industrial Disease Compensation Claims

Larcomes are happy to investigate your asbestos-related illness claim without any obligation. In most cases we offer no win – no fee agreements which give you the peace of mind that you are not going to be lumbered with any legal bills from pursuing your claim. This is a funding solution, sometimes known as a ‘conditional fee agreement,’ which means that you do not have to pay anything up front for your legal fees and that, if your case is unsuccessful, you will not be responsible for any of the legal fees. These will normally be covered by way of a legal expenses insurance policy which your solicitor will discuss with you at the start of your case.

If your case is successful, the legal fees and other costs incurred are paid by the insurers of the other party and not by you.

We understand that is a worrying time if you, or if a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness.


Get in Touch

To speak with one of our specialist Industrial Disease team members Please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry.

If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support (Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group) for further information and support. Please click hereto be taken to their website. 


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To speak with one of our specialist asbestos compensation claim team,

please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry


If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support for further information and support.

Please click here to be taken to their website.

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