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Researchers are continually refining current treatments or discovering new medicines to treat cancer and other diseases. A clinical trial is the term used to describe a scientific research study, which looks at different aspects of patient care, with the aim of improving the outcome compared to current practice. If early work suggests that a new treatment might be more effective than the standard treatment, doctors will need to compare the new treatment, with the best available standard treatment.
The clinical trial may look at using new drugs or combinations of currently used drugs to treat a particular illness. Alternatively, the trial may look at refined surgical techniques, medical devices or physical therapies. Clinical trials are the only way to improve the treatments for cancer and giving patients with cancer a better quality of life.
Clinical trials can be divided into the following types
"The Irish Cancer Society Research Fellowship will allow me to establish myself as a forerunner in the field of cancer specific immune responses in Ireland, and will give me the opportunity to translate my research from bench to bedside."
- Dr. Gregor Kijanka, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University
I just completed a year in St James’s Hospital, working as a pharmacy intern. My research looks at drugs commonly used for different diseases, but that may also be useful in cancer.
Pharmacy & Therapeutics Department, St. James Hospital