List the contents and page numbers for easy reference. At the end of this list, we suggest a standard paragraph such as the following to remind collaborators of the nature of the trial. It will, of course, need modification according to individual circumstances.

'This document describes a multi-centre, randomized [sponsor's name] trial in cancer of the [type of cancer] and provides information about the procedures for entering patients into it. It should not be used as an aide-memoire or guide for the treatment of other patients. Every care was taken in its drafting, but corrections or amendments may be necessary. These will be circulated to collaborating centres, but centres entering patients for the first time are asked to contact [the trial coordinator] to ensure that they have the correct version of the protocol.'

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