Well designed clinical trials with participation of many health care centres and more importantly patients are the backbone of successful stories in cancer. Indeed they are the reason why we have very good cure rates in a number of cancers including acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and testicular cancer.
Going on a clinical trial gives patients access to new medications that have demonstrated efficacy in treating cancer but that are not yet available and that are usually quite costly. New medications in Oncology are being produced at rates faster than ever before and some are having an unprecedented impact on cancer. For some patients going on a clinical trial will be the fastest and only way of getting access to these new medications.