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Oncology clinical trials during the COVID-19 outbreak: Lessons learnt during the crisis and future opportunities

Fontana, E; Arkenau, H-T; (2020) Oncology clinical trials during the COVID-19 outbreak: Lessons learnt during the crisis and future opportunities. Cancer Treatment Reviews , 88 , Article 102047. 10.1016/j.ctrv.2020.102047. Green open access

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic affected many activities in the healthcare system including oncology drug development. Clinical trial recruitment was temporary halted in many centres to reduce patients and healthcare workers’ potential exposure to the virus. Conversely, to continue offering treatments for patients already on effective therapies, multiple actions were timely put in place, resulting in simplification of trial-related procedures for patients and clinicians’ best interest, reduction of the operational burden and effective communication. Here, we suggest maintaining effective measures for future trial simplification and to expedite drug development.

Type: Article
Title: Oncology clinical trials during the COVID-19 outbreak: Lessons learnt during the crisis and future opportunities
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2020.102047
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctrv.2020.102047
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Clinical trials, COVID-19, Drug development
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute > Research Department of Oncology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114111
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