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Clinical Trials Q&A

This webinar provides an in-depth overview of clinical trials, aiming to enhance understanding and encourage consideration of participation. It begins with a comprehensive definition and history of clinical trials, highlighting their evolution from early examples to the rigorous, ethically guided processes of today. The webinar delves into the design and phases of clinical trials, from Phase 0 through Phase IV, explaining the purpose and process of each phase. The speakers underscore the importance of ethical considerations, informed consent, and continuous safety monitoring in conducting clinical trials. They discuss various types of trials, including prevention, screening, supportive care, and treatment trials, with a focus on randomized control trials as the gold standard for testing new treatments. Myths about clinical trials are addressed, clarifying misconceptions about placebo use, participation eligibility, and the notion of being treated as a “guinea pig.” The webinar emphasizes the value of discussing potential trial participation with oncologists, who can provide tailored advice and information. Resources for finding clinical trials are shared, along with advice on how to navigate these resources effectively. The presentation concludes by stressing the importance of clinical trials in advancing medical knowledge and treatment options, encouraging open communication between patients and healthcare providers about potential participation in clinical trials.
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