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Gold Standard FAQs for Cancer Clinical Trials
Pillar 3: Cancer Clinical Trials
What is a cancer clinical trial?
A cancer clinical trial is a research study, conducted with people who volunteer to participate, with the goal of finding better ways to treat cancer.
Is a cancer clinical trial considered a treatment of last resort?
No. Unlike clinical trials for other diseases and conditions, cancer clinical trials rarely involve a placebo. When an effective treatment is already available ("standard of care") participants always receive either that, the new agent or the new agent combined with standard of care therapy.
Why are cancer clinical trials important?
The ever-increasing number of scientific discoveries provide more insights into the causes of cancer, but many successes are limited to the lab. Clinical trials are a critical part of the research process since trial results can lead to better treatments. In other words, trials help move basic scientific research from the lab into treatments for people with cancer.