DR. CHRISTIAN KOLLMANNSBERGER MD FRCPC
Vancouver Cancer Centre
The short answer is yes, but there are many points to consider. The cost of medication given to a patient in a clinical trial will be at the expense of the trial, but other expenses, medical or otherwise, will be the patient’s responsibility. Universal healthcare is only available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. (Editor’s note: You should check your eligibility for entry into Canada with Canada Border Services).
Your brother-in-law will need to discuss with his oncologist possible trials in Canada. His oncologist will first determine whether your brother-in-law meets the trial criteria. If yes, then the oncologist will present your brother-in-law’s case to the principal investigator (researcher) in Canada who will make the final decision on a patient’s participation in the trial. In these situations, the principal investigator and the treating facility will most likely need a guarantee that your brother-in-law is able to cover all costs outside the clinical trial.
See our clinical trials list in Canada on this link.