Medical Mondays with Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD – Clinical Trials

It’s medical Mondays with UC Health. Today we’re talking with Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Office.

Can you explain what a clinical trial is?
A clinical trial is the only way that we can test new drugs in patients for the first time. So, for example, a Phase 1 clinical trials bring that drug for the first time in patients and giving patients hope for a new treatment that they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise.

What are misconceptions about clinical trials?
Some of the most common ones are “I don’t want to get a placebo.” “I’m not going to get the treatment I should get.” So, first of all, we would never give a patient less than the standard of care. Oftentimes we’re testing a new drug either in addition to standard of care or in place of their standard of care treatment. So the worst case scenarios there are at least going to get what they would have gotten anyway.

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