Available clinical trials.

For patients battling difficult to treat diseases like cancer, participation in clinical trials can offer important treatment options. Although there are no guarantees that participation will cure a person of cancer, it gives patients access to top scientific experts and the most advanced treatment strategies available – sometimes when all other options have been exhausted. Clinical trials can also lead to new breakthroughs for other people who may be diagnosed in the future. 

Barbara Lavery
Chief Program Officer, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy 

Search for solutions.

Treatments for cancer and other diseases require many years of study and rigorous review before they can be offered to patients. After ideas are sparked, strategies are shaped by laboratory research. When laboratory research data gain traction, results of continued testing may lead to clinical trials – carefully controlled research studies that test the safety and effectiveness of new treatments in people. 

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Stringent oversight.

All clinical trials must meet strict standards and be approved by responsible oversight agencies, including Institutional Review Boards, Data and Safety Monitoring Boards and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   

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Measuring success.

Sometimes clinical trials lead directly to successful new standards of care and sometimes they lead to additional testing. Regardless, all clinical trial participants contribute to the greater good by helping to generate knowledge that further advances progress toward cures.

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