Interested in Clinical Trials?
At the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC), patients can also be treated in clinical trials if they wish. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial but do not know how to get started or which trials are available, you have come to the right place.
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What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a scientific investigation involving volunteers/patients under pre-specified and strictly controlled conditions.
The objectives of clinical studies are
- the development of new drugs
- the improvement of medical care (diagnostic methods and treatment methods), and
- the identification of risk factors.
Important: Patients participating in a clinical trial can withdraw their consent at any time without giving reasons.
How does a Clinical Trial work?
Clinical Trial Procedure
Depending on the situation, clinical trials take place in different phases, ranging from phase I for the testing of completely new drugs to phase IV, the testing of approved treatment procedures in large patient groups. To ensure the quality of the results of clinical trials and to protect patients from risks, clinical trials are subject to a number of administrative responsibilities and regulations.
Principles of clinical trials are established worldwide in the Decleration of Helsinki.
Before a clinical trial starts at Charité, it must be reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo) as well as by the higher federal and state authorities responsible for drugs.
In the case of a clinical trial, in addition to these approval procedures, each individual trial site must be reviewed for suitability by the state ethics committee. Only then can a clinical trial begin. Exceptions exist only for studies in which no drugs are used. Here, a review by the independent ethics committee of the Charité and a notification to the state authorities is sufficient.
At Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, you can obtain information at any time about all clinical trials that are currently active for a specific disease situation.
The Cancer Hotline of CCCC also provides information on your questions and contact with the responsible study director at the Charité.