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Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer are important because they show us what does and doesn’t work in medicine and healthcare. They can also look at what causes pancreatic cancer, how to prevent it and find better ways to diagnose it.

There are clinical trials that look at all aspects of pancreatic cancer. These may include:

  • finding ways to diagnose pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage
  • looking at ways to control the side effects of treatments
  • finding better ways of giving existing treatments – for example, combining different chemotherapy drugs or giving combinations in different ways
  • testing new treatments such as new drugs or new combinations of drugs
  • looking at how best to provide care – for example, in hospital.

Most pancreatic cancer trials are looking at different treatment options. They aim to find better treatments which can help people live longer and improve the quality of their daily life.

Published April 2016

Review date April 2018

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