This quarterly edition is dedicated to clinical trials and what they are all about. But first let us provide you with a brief update on the project patients’ status of enrollment. Today, the EORTC is proud to announce that 208 patients have been enrolled in the biobank to be entered in biomarker-led clinical trials. Good news: the biobank is growing fast!


What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. They are the final step in a long process that begins with research in a lab. nike air zoom schoenen Most treatments we use today are the result of past clinical trials. In the field of cancer management scientists and doctors are constantly looking to develop innovative, more effective and less toxic treatments to improve patients’ survival and quality of life. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren zwart Cancer clinical trials are used in a number of ways to test new approaches of treating cancer, to find and diagnose cancer, manage the symptoms and side effects from the dispensed treatments.

The origin of clinical trials

Clinical research is a complex discipline that became strictly regulated after the Second World War abuses revealed at the Nuremberg trials. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames Zwart Historically though, the first attempts at clinical trials date back to 1747 when James Lind, a Scottish sailor and surgeon (1716-1794) experimented his first clinical trial on 12 sailors (with 6 groups of 2 people) to whom he gave 6 different food supplements to treat scurvy – a fatal condition at the time for sailors at sea. The fundamental principle of clinical studies is to administer different compounds of medications or protocol of treatments to different groups of people and assess which is best in terms of results.

Why clinical trials?

Any time a patient needs treatment for cancer, clinical trials are an option to think about because it may offer a unique chance to be treated with the most state-of-the-art protocols of treatments. sac a dos fjallraven kanken france en ligne Furthermore by participating in clinical trials a patient is contributing to important advances in cancer research which help to improve cancer care and cancer management prospects.

Trials are available for all stages of cancer. Adidas Schoenen It is a myth that they are only for people who have advanced cancer that is not responding to treatment.

Every trial has a person in charge, usually a doctor, who is called the principal investigator. Cheap Fjallraven Kanken Classic The principal investigator prepares a plan for the trial, called a protocol. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames Blauw The protocol includes a patient consent form which explains what will be done during the trial. It also includes information about:

  • The reason for doing the trial
  • Who can join the trial (called “eligibility requirements”)
  • How many people are needed for the trial
  • Any drugs that will be given, how these will be given, the dose, and how often
  • What medical tests will be done and how often
  • What types of information will be collected about the people taking part

Why are clinical trials important?


Clinical trials are essential to developing new methods to detect, and treat cancer. It is through clinical trials that researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current standard treatments. Fjallraven Kanken Big Standard treatments are treatments used as reference or state of the art treatments that are often at the basis of new hopefully better treatments. Many new regimens are designed on the basis of what has worked in the past. New Balance Pas Cher If a new compound is well tolerated and works on a large number of patients, the tested drug is granted a license, making it available for all patients. Once the treatment is registered by competent authorities , doctors may wish to combine it with other treatments including surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Advances in medicine are the results of new ideas and approaches developed through research. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Scientific progress in laboratories does not necessarily mean medical progress unless high quality clinical trials have been performed on patients to confirm the safety and effectiveness of the new treatment.

FME-resized“If you have cancer, clinical trials may offer you additional treatment options. You doctor may speak to you about clinical trials, but you can also freely ask your doctor about it. The EORTC’s mission is to improve the standard of cancer treatment and facilitate the passage of experimental discoveries into state of the art treatment. soldes nike air max 1 pas cher As a result more patients with cancer are being cured today than ever before and many others are living longer with an improved quality of life; hence the importance of clinical trials”.

Francoise Meunier, MD, Phd, FRCP, EORTC Director General

Taking clinical trials a step further … The SPECTAcolor project is an EORTC cancer research premier initiative: A Biobank leading to the first ever creation of pan-European biomarker-led clinical trials testing out personalized medicine!

Following patients’ recruitment and sampling analysis, the EORTC is in the process of actively setting up the first biomarker-led clinical trial in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.