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Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials are the means by which medical drugs, devices and treatments are tested to determine if they work, and if they are safe. Even if a drug or treatment looks promising in a laboratory, it cannot be used to treat patients in the general public, such as women with ovarian cancer, until several phases of the clinical trial have been successfully completed, and each stage has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without clinical trials, the introduction of new treatments for ovarian cancer and other diseases would not be possible. Clinical trials rely on enrollment of volunteers who meet the study’s criteria. The scientists conducting the trials may solicit parties through methods such as advertising in local newspapers, television and radio stations. Clinical trials volunteers enable scientists to answer critical research questions, which leads to early detection screening tools, better treatments and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.

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