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    Research home > Beat Cancer Project > Clinical trials: improving access to potentially life-saving lung cancer trials

    Clinical trials: improving access to potentially life-saving lung cancer trials

    Professor Michael Brown

    Clinical Trials Data Management, Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital

    Our research

    Our research is working towards new treatments for lung cancer. Once lung cancer is determined to be inoperable in a patient, it is not usually curable. New therapeutic approaches investigating combinations of radiotherapy or chemo-radiotherapy and novel drugs may improve patient outcomes. We have performed a first-time-in-human trial enrolling patients for each treatment combination. We found some expected side effects for each treatment combination as well as evidence of shrinkage of the lung cancer. These results provide a basis for future clinical trials of combination treatments with this drug.

    What we aim to achieve

    Further clinical trials of this therapeutic approach will require additional sponsorship.

    Our next steps and milestones

    A manuscript describing our research has been submitted for publication. The trainee medical oncologist involved in this work has been helped by this Cancer Council SA support.

    What motivates me

    I am motivated to carry out this work because of the potential to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients.

    My message to supporters 

    Clinical trials are an essential part of the cancer drug development process and provide new treatment options for patients. It is vital, therefore, that Cancer Council SA donors continue to support this necessary work.

     


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