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The Importance of Cancer Clinical Trials and Research

July 22, 2014

If you’re reading this article and you’ve ever been so ill you needed some sort of medical treatment (excluding lots of rest and chicken soup) or medication, then chances are you’ve benefited from some sort of clinical trial that took place and was successful. Many people reap the benefits of the research and advancements that have been the result of these carefully controlled and monitored clinical trials without ever realizing it. 

Clinical cancer research benefits patients from all walks of life and parts of the world everyday. With progress being made, sometimes daily, in the realms of technology, patient care, medication, and after care, there is no shortage of problems to solve and diseases to study, particularly cancer. 

Recent studies indicate that as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the US will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. There are over 200 different types of cancer known to medical professionals today. With numbers like these, and the fact that these figures will continue to grow, cancer research is taking center stage in the fight against cancer. While most research groups are highly specialized in terms of the type of cancer they focus their clinical trials on, the knowledge that is acquired, whether it be research findings or process notations, can be shared with other groups and potentially save them time and money as they investigate a similar scenario. 

Cancer clinical trials benefit patients in a number of ways. The primary way, of course, is through advancing technologies and cancer treatment protocols for those who have been diagnosed. From medications that don’t have severe side effects to those that work faster at healing the body, innovations are being sought after every day through clinical trials. 

Another benefit is that clinical trials have been able to develop more effective and accurate ways of detecting cancer earlier. The earlier you can diagnose a disease, the better chance for survival is for that patient. Lastly, cancer clinical trials provide a little peace of mind for cancer patients. Knowing that there are dozens of programs and hundreds of researchers performing tests and conducting trials on their behalf gives patients and their families hope.

Oncology clinical trials and research improve the outcomes to fighting the diseases and making life easier for those who have been touched by a cancer diagnosis. Whether the research is for new medications or for new radiation therapy treatment protocols, advancements are being made every day and the future is even closer than we realize. For more information, check out the Research and Outcomes section of our website.