What we do

Medical research is really important for the future of treatments available to melanoma patients. Critical to this research are clinical trials which provide important information about the efficacy and side effects of treatment options and ultimately whether these treatments will be made widely available.

I’ve no doubt that being on a clinical trial saved my life. I believe that for late stage cancer clinical trials are part of the treatment paradigm and should be an available option for all cancer patients who find themselves in the situation I did.
— Dr Edward Watson

One of Melanoma New Zealand's key goals is to attract melanoma research studies to New Zealand and ensure that as many melanoma trials as possible are available for physicians to treat patients in New Zealand.

To do this, there are two primary ways which we get involved:

We participate in activities such as the ongoing funding of research in the clinical trials arena. This research is supported by Vivian Sun, Senior Clinical Research Co-ordinator at the Adult Oncology Research Centre and Auckland Regional Cancer and Blood Service.

We, also provide access to information about clinical trials, including patient recruitment opportunities around the country. Participating in a clinical trial is entirely voluntary. The participants are required to stay overnight and often have blood sampling every few hours.