Why are clinical trials important for pancreatic cancer treatment?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Clinical trials are the bridge over which all new medical therapies must pass to become accepted practice - and the bridge is a long one. For patients, clinical trials can typically last for a few weeks or months. For scientists, they can continue on for years before a new therapy may see the light of day.

Once a clinical trial reaches the end of the bridge-proving its potential worth as a medical therapy-the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a government agency, must officially approve the therapy for medical consumers.

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