Clinical studies are an essential step in the development of novel treatment methods for cancer and other diseases. Especially in rare cancers like sarcomas, clinical studies are an important component of treatment concepts, because here the standard forms of therapy are often limited.
Fostering Age Inclusive Research: SPAEN supports the Accelerate Working Group
Research into teenage and young adult cancers has made slower progress than for any other age group. One reason is that many clinical trials exclude patients under eighteen on the basis of age alone, with no other justification. Many of these cancers are sarcomas.
SPAEN is supporting the Accelerate Working Group on Fostering Age Inclusive Research (or FAIR Trials) which has been established to campaign for inclusion. You can find out about the group's work and what you can do to help here.
SPAEN calls on researchers, regulators, and members of ethics committees to consider adolescent inclusion in adult research when relevant as a trial methodology which offers earlier access to investigational and approved medicines for adolescent patients.
Please find more information about clinical studies in general and their importance, study groups and a selection of currently open sarcoma studies in this section.