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Who creates and sponsors cancer clinical trials?

Some people think that doctors randomly make up clinical trials. However, it takes years of thought and planning to have a clinical trial accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so that it can recruit participants. Clinical trials are sponsored by organizations, institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the government and nonprofit groups who want to improve current cancer treatments. Some trials are "investigator initiated," which means a researcher or doctor created the trial, but these trials face the same strict requirements.

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