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Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

FRONTLINE CANCER:

Clinical trials are the final step before a new drug or treatment is approved for broad use in patients. In a series of phases, these trials investigate whether a new drug or treatment is safe, can be effectively administered and, of course, that it achieves its purpose of improving or curing a disease or medical condition.

Historically, clinical trials have taken a long time to conduct at a usually high cost. There are dozens of regulatory and investigatory hoops to jump through and, by design, most trials require large numbers of participants to draw even the smallest of conclusions. It's not uncommon for a new drug on the market...

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