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Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate how effective
a new treatment is by comparing it to standard practice in animals
with disease. Clinical trials are often designed based preliminary
data that show that show the new treatment may be effective
laboratory studies. The final stage of many laboratory studies. The
final stage of many laboratory experiments is to test the theory in
the clinical setting with real patients to see if they work as well
as they do in the artificial setting of the laboratory.
By the very nature of a clinical trial, there is no way for a
clinician to predict if the new treatment is going to be better
than the old one. Though, it may seem that the treatment is likely
to be better, one cannot know until it is tested under controlled
conditions with objective ways of measuring data and responses.
Your clinician should give you detailed information before you
enroll your pet into a clinical trial. For most animals the trial
consists of routine blood tests, routine imaging (x-rays,
ultrasounds, etc) and a new treatment. Based on previous results
there may be expected adverse effects that will be explained to you
before you agree to anything. In many cases clinical trials are
done to try and find a better treatment when the current therapies
are not very effective. As veterinarians we have your pet's best
interest in mind. An animal may be removed from a clinical trial at
any time by you, the owner, or by us, as the veterinarian, if it is
in the animal's best interest to do so.
Clinical trials often require frequent visits to the teaching
hospital. It is often required that tests and procedures be done at
the teaching hospital in order to receive the financial incentives
associated with these trials and to maintain consistency in the way
the trial is run.
Clinical trials offer the benefits of cutting edge research.
Conclusions drawn from a clinical trial may go on to benefit humans
with similar diseases as well as other animals.
If you are interested in learning more about one of our clinical
trials please have your veterinarian contact us or use the contact
information listed on the Current Clinical Trials Page. We cannot
provide any treatment or diagnostic recommendations over the phone;
you must present your pet in person for a consultation.
The Oncology service at TAMU has recently become a member of the
NIH Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC). This allows us
to participate in multi-institutional clinical trials that are
sponsored by the NIH. For further information on this consortium,
please click on the links below:
NIH Comparative Oncology
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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