Advances in medicine are the result of new ideas and approaches developed through research. A new cancer treatment must prove to be better than the current standard of care, as well as safe and effective in scientific studies with a certain number of patients - before it can be made widely available. Cancer patients can potentially access breakthrough drugs, leading-edge medical devices, novel treatments and unique protocols through clinical trials.
Cancer researchers learn which approaches are more effective than others by comparing current treatments with the new treatment in patients who choose to join the clinical trial. Today’s standard treatments were first shown to be effective in clinical trials. Patients who participate in clinical trials are helping doctors and scientists learn more about cancer, improve treatment options, and get all of us closer to finding a cure.
The University of Minnesota has a long history of advancing cancer care by offering the latest research as a treatment option.
This video series created by the University of Minnesota debunks many myths about the risks of clinical trials.