Wales Cancer Trials Unit

The Wales Cancer Trials Unit is dedicated to improving clinical practice through quality research evidence.


The WCTU is a one stop shop for a clinical trial, from the basic idea, to producing reliable evidence to change practice.


The unit is a member of the NCRI Cancer CTU Group, and is registered with the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.


We receive core funding from Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Our staff work with oncologists, palliative care clinicians and research groups wishing to develop clinical trials or other well designed studies. Proposals for trials are submitted to an appropriate funder, e.g. Cancer Research UK, to consider for funding and if judged to be asking good scientific questions and designed well, it is likely that WCTU will be funded to run the trial. From this point the team at the WCTU will manage all trial procedures working closely with the lead researcher (Chief Investigator).

Who do we work with?

The WCTU, based in Cardiff, works with clinicians and investigators from across the UK working in any cancer specialty to develop trial ideas that are then run and coordinated by the WCTU.

What to do if you want us to run a study?

Call us. You will be put in touch with the appropriate scientific lead at the WCTU for your research topic, who will be happy to discuss your idea.

Who is on the WCTU team?

The WCTU is staffed by a range of experts including Statisticians, Clinicians, Qualitative Researchers, Trial Managers, Data Managers, IT / Programmers, Safety Officers and a Quality Assurance Manager.