Colon Cancer Community Weighs “Master Protocol” Approach
Building on enthusiasm for the multi-sponsor, multi-drug clinical trial due to get underway in lung cancer soon, stakeholders in academia, industry, government and the patient community have begun discussions about a similar, biomarker-driven trial in colon cancer.
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The biomarker-driven, multi-arm, multi-drug registration trial is expected to get under way in March 2014 with five drugs from different sponsors. With the promise of greater speed and efficiency in patient enrollment and late-stage development, it is being viewed as a potential model for other cancer settings.
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