Clinical trials allow doctors to advance the frontiers of medicine, and healthcare. They quicken the pace of medical breakthrough and innovation enabling patients to receive the very best and latest treatments for serious diseases. It is this important cutting edge research and the discovery of new medicines that can save patients lives now and in the future.
Talking to Andy Miller from the Lance Armstrong Foundation about the reality and myths around clinical trials she emphasizes that:
Patients can leave a trial at any time for any reason
Patients will not receive placebo as this is unethical when effective treatments are available
Patients receive enhanced care, better than on standard therapy
Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Medical Director of the SMDC Cancer Center in Minnesota USA, explains that sometimes a clinical trial is the best option available to a patient with cancer and sometimes it is not the best option.