Advances in medicine are the result of new ideas and approaches developed through research. New cancer treatments must prove to be safe and effective in scientific studies with a certain number of patients before they can be made widely available. Through clinical trials, researchers learn which approaches are more effective than others. This is the best way to test a new treatment. Today’s standard treatments were first shown to be effective in clinical trials. Additional trials will help find new and better treatments.
The University of Minnesota has a long history of advancing cancer care through clinical trials. By participating in a clinical trial, patients not only gain access to the latest treatments available, they contribute to the advancement of medicine for those diagnosed tomorrow and in the future.