What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are human research studies that test new drugs or treatments in a lab environment and compares them to current, standard treatments. Patient testing occurs if lab results suggest the treatment is effective and safe. Study participation is voluntary and often sought after by cancer patient caregivers as trials aim to improve survival rates or reduce the side effects or late effects of treatment.
Clinical trials are standard practice in cancer treatment for children, adolescents and young adults, and the primary treatment option for children facing cancer. About 60% of children with cancer are enrolled in a trial, as opposed to less than 5% of adult patients. Participation in clinical trials spans an average of two to three years and requires a lifetime of follow-up care.
How CureSearch Supports Clinical Trials/Research
CureSearch focuses on driving targeted and innovative research with measureable results in an accelerated time frame. To that end, CureSearch supports clinical trials that result from our Acceleration Initiative research projects, as well as those funded through our CureSearch Community Impact Awards (CCIA). All CureSearch supported research is required to report measureable results, milestones and achievements regularly. We evaluate our research rigorously with a focus on the ultimate goal: more cures for more children across more cancer types.