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Clinical trials are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in people following a pre-defined protocol. Participants in clinical trials often gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available while contributing to medical research.
The clinical trails currently open at Martha Jefferson Hospital are focused on breast, lung, colorectal and prostate cancers as well as multiple myeloma. Patients benefit from these studies because they offer the standard chemotherapy or radiation, plus the opportunity to receive cutting-edge drugs or other therapies.
Administration of clinical trials requires an intensive degree of management, coordination and monitoring by the physicians and staff. Despite the increased amount of time and effort required, the physicians and nurses at Martha Jefferson willingly embrace clinical trials and strongly believe in the value and potential long-term benefits of participation to current patients and to the overall future of cancer care.