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What are clinical trials and who should consider them? - Advocacy in Action
Updated Saturday, August 6, 2016 Clinical trials are medical research in which people are the subjects. These studies help researchers find new treatments for serious illnesses such as cancer. There are different types of clinical trials, but this post focuses on trials to test new drugs or treatments. For some people with terminal illnesses, clinical trials are lifesavers and/or life extenders. Clinical trials gave my younger sister extra years with her two young daughters. Her children were infants when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer called GIST or gastrointestinal stromal tumour. When doctors found her cancer, it had spread to several locations including her liver. Maura was afraid she …