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Understanding clinical trials

Clinical trials are important research studies, preceded by profound research in pre-clinical models (tumour tissue cultures, organoids, animals) that have identified a drug with proven anti-cancer activity.

Such studies help us learn about the safety and effectiveness of these treatments. They play a crucial role in advancing medical knowledge, improving cancer care, and enhancing the quality of life for people dealing with cancer.

Participating in a clinical trial not only offers patients an opportunity to access innovative treatments but also provides hope and possibly extends life or provides cure for those with cancer.

Why join a clinical trial?

Clinical trials hold significant value for patients themselves. By joining a trial, patients may experience benefits directly, such as receiving cutting-edge therapies that could positively impact their health outcomes. Individuals with specific risk factors may choose to participate in trials not only to support future patients but also to aid family members, particularly in cases of inherited mutations, thus contributing to cancer prevention.

Taking part in a clinical trial also has real impacts on the future of cancer care. Many individuals join trials to help future patients, and the results from past trials have significantly extended lives. This highlights the ongoing importance of research. By considering participation, individuals become active contributors to the ongoing pursuit of medical advancements that will shape the future of cancer management, for the benefit of both current and future patients.

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Ensuring safety in clinical trials

Before individuals can enrol in a funded clinical trial, the proposed trial usually undergoes rigorous analysis by experts in relevant fields to ensure that it is founded on sound scientific principles.

When you participate in a clinical trial, your safety is prioritised through meticulous processes, including the informed consent procedure, thorough review and approval of the trial protocol by an ethics committee, and health authorities, as well as continuous monitoring. These measures collectively safeguard participants throughout the trial duration.

If you are thinking of joining a clinical trial, it's essential to talk to your doctor.

Your attending physician can help you figure out if you are eligible and find the right studies for you. They can also connect you with the hospital or doctor in charge of the trials.

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