Clinical trials help cancer survivors live longer and have a better quality of life through new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Today, more and more people are surviving cancer. It is because of clinical trials, many of which are conducted at Penn Medicine, that patients are benefiting from breakthrough therapies and treatments. These new advances in cancer treatment are occurring every day, giving patients hope that even greater discoveries lie ahead.
Through clinical trials:
- Diagnosing cancer has become more precise.
- Radiation and surgical techniques have advanced.
- Medications are more successful.
- Combinations of medical, surgical and radiation therapy are improving treatment effectiveness and enhancing outcomes.
- Strategies to address the late effects of cancer and its treatment are improving quality of life.
Clinical trials have and continue to help cancer survivors live longer and have a better quality of life. Because of research through clinical trials, scientists and cancer researchers have been able to translate discoveries into new treatments for cancer.
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