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Many Phase 3 Cancer Drug Trials Yield Effective Medicines
Date:3/24/2008

nvestment in the cooperative oncology group system," which funds the trials, the study authors wrote. "The public can expect that about 25 percent to 50 percent of new cancer treatments that reach the stage of assessment in clinical trials will prove to be successful. This pattern of successes has become more consistent over time. However, our results also indicate that the absolute number of discoveries might be improved if the proportion of inconclusive trials is reduced."

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over the years, there have been continuous improvements made in survival and other outcomes, in large part due to the introduction of new treatments tested in clinical trials, according to background information in the study.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about cancer clinical trials.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, March 24, 2008


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