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How are clinical trials performed?

Clinical trials are an important way that new approaches and treatments for NETs and other diseases can be tested to ensure that they not only work well, but also that they can be given to patients safely.

There are four main phases of clinical trials, which usually start by testing an experimental medicine or procedure in a small group of healthy people or patients before seeing if it works in the group of patients it is intended for.

These trials are only conducted after several years of rigorous assessment in the laboratory and in animal studies, and after appropriate approval from regulatory authorities such as the European Medicines Agency in Europe.

Phases of a clinical trial

How can I participate in a clinical trial?

People participate in clinical trials for many reasons from simply wanting to help others and contribute to advancing medical knowledge to potentially being able to receive the latest treatment for a disease. Clinical trials are often a way to receive the latest treatments and approaches before they become widely available.

If you would like to participate in a clinical trial, talk to a member of your healthcare team as they will be able to advise you on whether or not you would be able to do so, and if there are trials in your area that you could join.

Your specialist NETs doctor or other member of your multidisciplinary team will also be able to talk you through exactly what would be involved in a clinical trial to make sure you fully understand what would happen if you agreed to participate.

Your national patient support group may also be able to guide you on where clinical trials in NETs are being conducted in your area.

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