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Clinical Trials

Q: What is a Clinical Trial?

Dr. Donnica:
A clinical trial is an investigation of the effects of a drug, medical treatment or device on a group of patients. Some clinical trials test new drugs, while others compare the best known standard therapy with a newer therapy to see if one produces better treatment results or causes fewer side effects than the other. Research institutions often seek volunteers to participate in clinical trials on a number of different diseases, disorders, and conditions.  Although some studies are gender-specific, such as prostate cancer for men or cervical cancer studies for women, most studies now seek male and female volunteers.

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Created: 12/28/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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