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

What’s the Follow-Up Plan After a Clinical Trial?

What happens after a patient participates in a clinical trial for cancer treatment? Watch now to hear both patient and expert perspectives on post-trial follow-up care.

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Does the Clinical Trial Process Need an Extreme Makeover?

In this MythBusters program, patient advocate Jim Omel and Dr. Michael Thompson examine barriers patients may face and discuss the safety and quality of clinical trial care. Does the process need a makeover? Watch now to find out 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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Page last updated on April 3, 2017