Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies that are designed to test whether treatments are safe and effective at improving outcomes for patients.

Clinical trials are divided into different phases depending on the stage of drug development. The earlier phases (phase I and II) look at whether a drug is safe (e.g. to understand the side effects it causes) and whether it shows some signs of efficacy (e.g. a higher response rate than expected in the intended group of patients). Later phase III trials aim to test whether a new promising treatment is better than the best currently available treatments.

In this section, you will learn about the importance of clinical trials, where you can obtain more information on the on-going ALL trials and what you can expect if you would like to be part of one. Many physicians will recommend at least discussing the trial opportunities available since it is a chance to receive the best standard of care in a top institute, where you will be very closely monitored.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to discuss these with your healthcare team, as well as contacting patient support groups. 

 

Videos

Why Are Minorities Often Underrepresented in Clinical Trials?

How can ethnic minorities gain access to more clinical trials? Watch as clinical trial experts Dr. Richard Schilsky and Cecelia Mann share their perspectives.

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Addressing a History of Fears About Clinical Trials: An Expert Weighs In

How are cancer patients cared for in clinical studies? Tune in to hear expert Dr. Richard Schilsky explain patient consent and safety, clinical trial regulation and more.

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Giving Patients a Voice in Research, Treatment, Diagnostics and Access to Care

How can patients have a voice in research, treatment, diagnostics and access to care? From the ASH 2017 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew and Esther Schorr discuss how patients and care partners are integrated into clinical trials.

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Sugar Pill Myth: What Am I Really Getting in a Clinical Trial?

One barrier to clinical trial enrollment is the myth that patients might receive a sugar pill and get no treatment at all. Watch as Dr. Heather Wakelee lays out the clinical trial facts.

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Page last updated on April 3, 2017