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What is a clinical trial?

What is a cancer clinical trial?

A cancer research clinical trial is a research study conducted for patients who have been diagnosed with a cancer (or other major illness) and generally involves testing of new treatments or finding ways to improve existing treatments.

Cancer research trials are conducted all over the world in most large hospitals to improve treatment for many different diseases. Such trials help us find out if a promising new treatment is safe and effective, as well as giving us a better understanding of the current standard treatment, both of which can improve patient care and outcomes by identifying a more effective treatment or lessening the side effects of treatment.

Cancer research trials represent a process of continual improvement in treatment of disease. Many substantial advances in cancer cure rates today have been achieved by continuous, step wise improvements in treatments over time, through successful cancer research trials. This has been achieved by hundreds of thousands of patients entering trials all over the world.

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials help us to determine if a promising new treatment is safe and effective, as well as giving us a better understanding of the current standard treatment. This can improve patient care and outcomes by identifying a more effective treatment and/or lessening the side effects of treatment.

Clinical trials help change and shape treatment practices to improve the control of cancer and patient comfort throughout the national and international communities.

Are clinical trials safe?

TROG clinical trials are safe, well researched and supported, and at the forefront of expert opinion on how to improve treatment of particular diseases.

A TROG clinical trial cannot be conducted without the approval of TROG members; other experts in related fields; hospitals and cancer centres; human research ethics committees; government funding bodies; and, most importantly, patients. All TROG trials are monitored to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those participating.

TROG has launched over 90 clinical trials since 1989.