Latest findings indicate one- and two-year study results not as predictive as longer-term studies
In their efforts to explore more effective and efficient ways to conduct clinical trials, Mayo Clinic cancer researchers will present new recommendations about how long studies should track results when evaluating new cancer therapies. An analysis led by Daniel Sargent, Ph.D., director of statistics for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, shows that many study results garnered after three years are just as reliable as those produced after five years. But, data provided after two years of study are less precise, and those provided after only one year are not sufficiently reliable.
Dr. Sargent will present these results on May 17, during the 2005 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Sargent is one of the founders of the Adjuvant Colon Cancer Endpoints (ACCENT) Group that is studying whether there are ways to make results of clinical trials in oncology available more quickly, to provide effective treatments to patients faster.
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